Carly Fiorina jumps to second place in new poll

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina looks on during the Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet's nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in the party's second debate of the 2016 presidential race. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), is now the second favorite Republican candidate, according to a new CNN/ORC poll released on Monday.

Fiorina rose 12 points compared to a poll conducted earlier this month, putting her at 15% support. Donald Trump is still in first place with 24%, but has dropped 8 points from the earlier poll.

These numbers are likely a result of the second Republican debate that took place on Wednesday and a strong performance by Fiorina. She seemed to win favor by calling out Trump for his personal attacks and for her impassioned criticism of Planned Parenthood. The poll states that 52% of Republican voters chose Fiorina as the winner of the debate, and 31% identified Trump as the loser.

Ben Carson, who was in the spotlight for being the second place candidate earlier this month with 19% support, has fallen to third place just behind Fiorina with 14%. None of the three leading candidates have any political experience. The most supported political veteran is Florida senator Marco Rubio with 11%.

Scott Walker has fallen to less than 1% support, which is particularly shocking considering he held a fairly comfortable lead in Iowa polls early on.

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