By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director
Wed December 23, 2015 | Updated 6:25 AM ET
- Donald Trump has been a constant atop the polls since his ascent to the lead in July
- This new poll marks the first time Ted Cruz stands significantly apart from the other candidates vying for the nomination
Washington (CNN) — Donald Trump seems set to end 2015 as the dominant force in the race for next year’s Republican nomination for president, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz now a clear — yet distant — second after a strong debate performance, a new CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday has found.