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With the Republican presidential field now taking shape, the true frontrunner is… nobody. And the leader in the new national poll from Monmouth University might not even be much better.

Ben Carson comes in first place, though locked in a tight battle with several other contenders — among them Jeb Bush, who is set to officially launch his candidacy this afternoon.

The pollster’s analysis says: “You would be hard pressed to look at these results and identify an emerging top tier in the Republican field, let alone a so-called frontrunner.”

The results are:

  • Ben Carson 11
  • Scott Walker 10
  • Jeb Bush 9
  • Marco Rubio 9
  • Mike Huckabee 8
  • Rand Paul 6
  • Ted Cruz 5
  • Chris Christie 4
  • Rick Perry 4
  • Rick Santorum 3
  • Lindsey Graham 2
  • Carly Fiorina 2
  • Donald Trump 2
  • Bobby Jindal 1
  • John Kasich 1
  • George Pataki 0

Cue the “sad trombone” sound for Pataki.

The survey of Republican voters was conducted from June 11 to 14, and has a margin of error of +/- 5.2 percentage points.

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