Fiorina Surges, Trump Loses Support

Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(CNN) – Carly Fiorina surged to second place among the 16 GOP presidential hopefuls after Wednesday night’s CNN debate and Donald Trump lost some support, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll.

Trump still tops the list of Republican candidates with support from 24% of likely GOP voters, but that’s down 8 points since early September.

Fiorina gained 12 points and has the backing of 15% of her party’s voters – pushing her one point ahead of Ben Carson. Marco Rubio is in fourth place and Jeb Bush is in fifth.

The poll is based on telephone interviews conducted September 17-19.

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