WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz has soared ahead of Donald Trump in a new Iowa poll, opening up a 10-point lead in the critical first-in-the-nation voting state.
A new poll released by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics on Saturday finds Cruz commanding 31% of likely Republican caucus-goers in the state, 10 points ahead of Trump, who received 21%.
For Cruz, the poll represents a 21-point jump from a survey conducted by the two outlets in October, the largest increase in fives caucus cycles.
Ben Carson, once a hit with evangelical voters in the Hawkeye State, dropped to third place with 13%.
Marco Rubio has 10% which puts him in fourth place — which is where he was in October. Jeb Bush has 6% — a 1% increase from October.
Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie all are tied with 3%. The rest of the field, including Carly Fiorina and John Kasich, is at 2% or less.
The poll of 400 likely Republican caucus-goers was conducted between December 7 and 10, after Trump called for a ban on allowing Muslim immigrants into the U.S. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
Trump has often derided the Des Moines Register, Iowa’s largest newspaper, as biased against him. He blasted the poll in a tweet Saturday night, though he appears to have mistakenly said the paper was biased “towards” him instead of against his candidacy.
Trump also publicly called out the newspaper at a rally in Des Moines.
“You have one of the most dishonest right here in your backyard,” Trump said to a crowd of supporters. “The Des Moines Register is the worst. They’re very dishonest.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has lambasted the Des Moines Register. He called the paper “one of the most liberal newspapers in United States” who would “do anything for a headline” after the newspaper ran a July editorial calling for him to end his campaign.
A CNN/ORC poll released on Monday found that the real estate mogul had 33% support among likely GOP caucus-goers in Iowa, followed by Cruz at 20%. Nationally, a CNN/ORC poll released earlier this month found the brash billionaire sitting atop the GOP field with 36%, 20 points ahead of Cruz, the GOP’s runner-up.