A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll provides more evidence that there is now a Donald Trump-Ted Cruz race among the Republicans (with Marco Rubio in third).

Trump leads the NBC/Journal national poll with 27% of Republican primary voters, followed by Cruz at 22% and Rubio at 15%.

Ben Carson — who led this same poll in late October — fell 18 points in the latest survey, down to 11%; many of his supporters appear to have gone to Cruz.

“Where Cruz picked up is where Carson lost ground,” says Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, who conducted the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey along with Republican pollster Bill McInturff.

Other surveys, including a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll, showed Cruz ahead of Trump in Iowa, which opens the GOP nomination process with caucuses on Feb. 1.

From NBC News:

“Rounding out the GOP field are Jeb Bush (at 7%) and Carly Fiorina (at 5%). No other Republican candidate gets more than 3%.

“When the field is winnowed to just five GOP candidates — Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Carson and Bush — Trump leads the pack at 30% among Republican primary voters.

“He’s followed by Cruz at 24%, Rubio at 21%, Carson 13% and Bush at 9%.”

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