With seven weeks until the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus and most polls showing Donald Trump as the front-runner, CNN will have the billionaire businessman at the center of the stage at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate. But a poll released over the weekend by the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics has Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in first place in Iowa. Trump called the poll "biased."
The CNN debate is the fifth one so far and the last debate in 2015 for the Republican presidential hopefuls. Trump and Cruz will be onstage primetime along with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
Ahead of the debate in Las Vegas, here’s a look at where the remaining candidates stand in various polls (that are not unanimous in their rankings).
Topping the crowded field (or tied with Ben Carson) for a few months, Trump still holds the lead, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday, showing the real estate mogul with 27 percent support from Republican primary voters. In a Monmouth University poll released Monday, Trump also leads the pack with 41 percent support. However, a Fox News poll released Sunday had Trump in second place with 26 percent compared to Cruz’s 28 percent, highlighting the Texas senator’s recent surge. Trump has come under fire over the past week for proposing that Muslims be banned from entering the U.S.
Sen. Ted Cruz
Depending on which poll you decide to prioritize, the Texas senator could be in first place. A Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll released Saturday had Cruz in first place in Iowa at 31 percent, compared to Trump’s 21 percent. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has Cruz in second place with 22 percent.
Sen. Marco Rubio
The Florida senator is coming in third place, with the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showing Rubio with 15 percent while the Fox poll has him at 13 percent.
The former neurosurgeon has dropped in the polls in recent months after polling near the top in September and October. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has Carson in fourth place with 11 percent and the Fox poll also has him in fourth place with 10 percent.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
Bush has failed to break into the top of the pack with the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll ranking him in fifth place with 7 percent while the Fox poll has him tied for fifth place with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
The former Hewlett-Packard chief executive has also failed to gain ground recently, with the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showing Fiorina in sixth place with 5 percent. The Fox poll has Fiorina coming in with only 2 percent support.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former New York Gov. George Pataki and Paul all failed to earn more than 3 percent in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.