Donald Trump leads a new Public Policy Polling survey of Republican primary voters in North Carolina.
PPP's previous polls picked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the frontrunner, but he has since taken a back seat to "The Donald."
Trump leads the poll with the support of 16 percent of those surveyed, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 12 percent apiece.
"Trump's favorability rating in North Carolina is 55/32, much higher than we were finding in national polls prior to his entry into the race," the PPP's release said. "Trump's really caught fire with voters on the far Right."
While businesses are ending their relationships with Trump and a politician has decided to return donations from him because of his controversial comments, the poll showed younger voters and men are especially prone to support Trump.
The poll also showed that Walker and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee performed best against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in hypothetical match-ups, both leading by four percentage points. The weakest GOP presidential candidates against Clinton in North Carolina are Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who both trail by three percentage points.