Good news for Republicans: You might actually have a candidate with a solid chance to take down Donald Trump. The bad news: It’s Ben Carson.
In the new Monmouth University poll, Trump leads the overall field with 30 percent support, followed by Carson at 18 percent, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz at 8 percent each, and 5 percent for Marco Rubio.
The pollster also tested Trump in one-on-one trial heats against GOP alternatives — simulating a sort of runoff election, to see whether Trump might just be ahead due to the rest of the field being so divided. And out of nine tests, only one candidate, the retired neurosurgeon and fellow anti-establishment insurgent Carson, bested The Donald.…