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Carson ties Trump, leads Clinton in latest Quinnipiac poll

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Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump are in a virtual tie for the Republican presidential nomination. Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump are in a virtual tie for the Republican presidential nomination.
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A year before the 2016 presidential election, there is a tie among the front-runners of the Republican Party.

According to a newly released Quinnipiac University poll, Dr. Ben Carson is neck-and-neck with Donald Trump.

Carson has also topped former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 50 to 40 percent, in a final face off, the poll said.

"At the moment Dr. Ben Carson is delivering a troubling diagnosis to Secretary Hillary Clinton," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "With the election one year away, Ben Carson has surgically cut away all but one GOP opponent and taken a scalpel to Hillary Clinton's lead.”

Malloy said that a year is still an eternity as far as presidential campaigns go. He said the race has already left some front-runners on life support.

Trump has received 24 percent of Republican votes. Carson was at 23 percent. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was third with 14 percent, just a head of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s 13 percent. Former Gov. Jeb Bush was at a meager 4 percent.

Nine percent of voters were undecided and a whopping 63 percent said they might change their mind.

Clinton received 53 percent of the vote among Democrats. Thirty five percent went for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In that race, nine percent were undecided and 44 percent could change their mind.

"Clinton gets crushed on character issues, pounded by Carson and closely challenged by Sen. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio,” Malloy said.

For a detailed breakdown of the poll’s results, click here.

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