The New York Times reports the results of a NY Times/CBS national poll just now (5:20 AM, Oct. 27).
Ben Carson has taken a narrow lead nationally in the Republican presidential campaign, dislodging Donald J. Trump from the top spot for the first time in months, according to a New York Times/CBS News survey released on Tuesday.
Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, is the choice of 26 percent of Republican primary voters, the poll found, while Mr. Trump now wins support from 22 percent, although the difference lies within the margin of sampling error.
The survey is the first time that Mr. Trump has not led all candidates since The Times and CBS News began measuring presidential preferences at the end of July.
Even with the caveat about the difference (26% vs. 22%) being within the margin of error, the poll results suggest that Trump's position as top contender among the GOP candidates has become precarious. Unfortunately, the cost of dislodging Trump is another demagogue, calm in outward appearance, but radically right-wing in his rhetoric.
Be careful what you wish for.