Donald Trump is well ahead of the pack heading into Wednesday night’s third Republican presidential debate, according to a new poll.
Trump has a 14-point lead over his nearest competitor before the contest in Boulder, Colo., according to a One America News Network survey.
Pollsters found support for the real estate mogul at 35.6 percent, compared with 21.7 percent for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) trails the pair, with 10.7 percent.
“It’s all Trump going into the third debate,” One America CEO Robert Herring Sr. said in a statement Tuesday morning.
“Mr. Trump’s continued top national ranking will also make him the candidate to target Wednesday night,” he added.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) ranks fourth in the new poll, with 7.6 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina follow, with 5.9 percent to her 5.7 percent, respectively.
The poll questioned 906 registered Republicans and has a 3-point margin of error.
In recent weeks, Carson has made significant in-roads on Trump’s dominance in the race. A CBS News/New York Times poll also released Tuesday shows Carson edging out the outspoken billionaire for first place nationwide.
Carson leads Trump, 26 percent to his 22 percent, in to that survey. Carson recently surged past Trump to take the lead in the early-voting state of Iowa.
Trump has responded by gradually turning up the heat against Carson despite their past warmth on the campaign trail.
“Some of these polls coming out, I don’t quite get it,” he said Tuesday of Carson’s appeal on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”