Ted Cruz overtakes Donald Trump nationally in latest Republican presidential poll

Support for Donald Trump among Republicans has declined in the past month, leaving him slightly behind Sen. Ted Cruz in the race for GOP presidential nominee, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted after a combative debate performance that soured some voters on the New York businessman.

Trump had enjoyed a double-digit lead over his rivals, but the new poll found support for him falling by seven percentage points since mid-January. Among registered voters who said they would participate in a GOP primary, he drew 26% in the new survey, narrowly trailing Cruz, who had 28%.

The decline in support for Trump comes after four other GOP candidates have dropped out of the race, a winnowing of the field that has benefited his remaining rivals. The poll also shows that if the primary came down to a head-to-head choice, both Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio could beat Trump by double-digit margins.

An expanded version of this story is available at WSJ.com.

View more information: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/ted-cruz-overtakes-donald-trump-nationally-in-latest-republican-presidential-poll-2016-02-17

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