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Trump builds lead in national poll; Bush and Rubio tied for third

Donald Trump has grown his lead over rival Republicans, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Trump has 28 percent of the vote, up from 20 percent in a July 30 national survey. "This is the highest tally and widest margin for any Republican so far in this election," reads a polling memo.

Ben Carson is second with 12 percent and there's a three-way tie for third with Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz each pulling 7 percent.

"Donald Trump soars; Ben Carson rises; Jeb Bush slips and some GOP hopefuls seem to disappear. Trump proves you don't have to be loved by everyone, just by enough Republicans to lead the GOP pack," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

The following is from the polling release:

Trump also tops the "no way" list as 26 percent of Republican voters say they would definitely not support him. Bush is next with 18 percent.

Clinton leads the Democratic field with 45 percent, down from 55 percent July 30, with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 22 percent and Biden at 18 percent. No other candidate tops 1 percent with 11 percent undecided. This is Sanders' highest tally and closest margin.

Clinton tops the Democrats' "no way" list with 11 percent.

"Liar" is the first word that comes to mind more than others in an open-ended question when voters think of Clinton. "Arrogant" is the word for Trump and voters say "Bush" when they think of Bush.

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