Billionaire Donald Trump continues to gain support in his quest to be the Republican candidate in next year's U.S. presidential election.
In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday, 33 percent of Republican voters said they would choose Trump. That is up from 24 percent who said they would support him in July.
Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson surged to second place during that span, rising from 6 percent support in July to 20 percent in Monday's poll, which was conducted last week.
The rest of the crowded Republican field is struggling to keep pace as they get ready for their second debate on Wednesday night.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush came in at 9 percent in the poll, followed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Senator Marco Rubio at 7 percent.
The poll shows a rough two months for the campaign of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who ran second to Trump in July with 13 percent in that poll, but now would be the choice of just 2 percent of those surveyed. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE