Looks like maybe neurosurgeon Ben Carson is about to eclipse billionaire Donald Trump’s shooting star at least in Iowa.
The Doctor trumps The Donald by 8 percentage points in a new Quinnipiac University poll of Republican caucus goers released this morning.
Last month, Mr. Trump was up 6 points.
Mr. Carson is at 28 percent, Mr. Trump at 20 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, 13 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, 10 percent, Sen. Rand Paul, 6 percent, Carly Fiorina and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 5 percent, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 3 percent, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 2 percent, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 1 percent.
The poll picked up no support for former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former New York Gov. George Pataki. At this point, they’re wasting everyone’s time including theirs.
Of course, the latest polls in New Hampshire and South Carolina still have Mr. Trump up, but we’ll see.
I’ve thought for a while that Mr. Rubio will emerge as the nominee on the Republican side and his numbers keep creeping up. He was at 5 percent in the Quinnipiac poll last month. Team him up with Mr. Kasich as the vice presidential nominee and Republicans could win the presidency because their ticket would have strong ties to Florida and Ohio.
Win two of three among Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania and you win the presidency as Quinnipiac often reminds us.
One last thing: put me down now as convinced Mr. Santorum will never win the White House, but be unsurprised if he surges in Iowa like he did in 2012.
— BORYS KRAWCZENIUK