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New poll numbers that show Texas Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz ahead of Donald Trump in the important primary state of Iowa has sparked a war of words between the men on social and mainstream media.

The sparring began Saturday after the release of the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics poll, showing Cruz with 31 percent of support from likely Republican caucus-goers in the bellwether state. That is a 10 point lead over national GOP front-runner Trump, who claimed 21 percent of support, according to CNN. Iowa is an important indicator of how nominees will perform in the general election.

From CNN:

Ben Carson dropped to third place with 13%. Marco Rubio has 10%, which puts him in fourth place — the same spot he held in October. Jeb Bush has 6% — a 1% increase from two months ago.

Trump blasted the Des Moines Register’s survey as biased, though he mistakenly tweeted that the paper is biased toward his candidacy.

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Then Trump used an appearance on Fox News Sunday to call Cruz “a little bit of a maniac,” writes CNN:

“When you look at the way he’s dealt with the Senate, where he goes in there, like a, you know, frankly like a little bit of a maniac, you’re never going to get things done that way,” Trump said, a reference to Cruz’s habit of bucking even his own party leader’s wishes while serving in Congress.

That’s when Cruz weighed in with a good-natured tweet about “good-hearted #maniacs.”

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Nationwide, Trump is faring well in the polls. He enjoys 41 percent of support among Republicans and Republican-leaning registered voters, according to a new Monmouth University poll released Monday, writes ABC News:

He holds a staggering 27-point lead over Sen. Ted Cruz, who holds 14 percent support. Sen. Marco Rubio has 10 percent support and Ben Carson has 9 percent.

Cruz and Trump will meet face-to-face at the next Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN in Las Vegas. The two have enjoyed a friendly relationship over the years, but it’s unclear if the new competition will strain things beyond the weekend sparring.

They might want to spend their time at the debate trying to impress voters with their knowledge of foreign policy and how they would fight terrorism – instead of distracting one another with petty bickering.

Do you think they will address the issues, or continue to throw barbs? Sound off…

SOURCE: CNNABC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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