Carson leads Trump by 6 percent in new national poll

Ben Carson has surged to the lead in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, while Hillary Clinton is cementing her lead over Democrats, according to a new national poll.

A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released early Tuesday says Carson grabbed 29 percent support in the poll, compared to Donald Trump's 23 percent. The poll was conducted both before and after last week's third presidential debate in Colorado.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio took 11 percent, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 10 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8 percent.

Other GOPers lag way behind: former tech CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie each have 3 percent, while Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is at 2 percent.