The mainstream media is cock-a-hoop after CNBC-parent NBC and Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal reveal a new national poll that shows notjust Trump being beaten in 2nd place by Ben Carson (who is currently on a book tour) but also shows Marco Rubio surging (from 4% to 11%) if one wanted to spin it that way. Softly-spoken Carson, with 29% of the GOP primary voters polled, is ahead of Trump (23%) for the first time in the campaign, tripling his support since July (and as WSJ reports is the first Republican to top 50% when voters 2nd and 3rd choice are combined). On the other side of the scale, Bush's support is collapsing as Cruz and Rubio accelerate.
Carson tops Trump for the first time nationally..
But a Monmouth University poll of New Hampshire Republican voters released Monday found that Trump -- while off the lead nationally -- is still the front-runner in that key early voting state, with 26% support to Carson's 16%, with Rubio in third at 13%.
Either way, Bush is collapsing...
On the Democratic side, Clinton holds a 2-to-1 advantage over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 62 percent to 31 percent, while former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took in just 3 percent.
Finally we noted that The NBC/WSJ poll was completed Thursday evening… But they waited 4 days to announce it... one wonders why.