The juggernaut that is the Donald Trump presidential campaign is getting some real competition, and from an unexpected source.
Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson.
In the all-important state of Iowa, which hosts the first 2016 nomination balloting contest, the soft-spoken Carson is edging up on the brash, tough-talking Trump, according to Bloomberg.com, which reported:
The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows billionaire Trump with the support of 23 percent of likely Republican caucus participants, followed by Carson at 18 percent. When first and second choices are combined, Carson is tied with Trump.
Trump finds himself in a vastly better position than when the previous Iowa Poll was taken. He has become a credible presidential candidate to many likely Republican caucus-goers. The real estate mogul is rated favorably by 61 percent and unfavorably by 35 percent, an almost complete reversal since the Iowa Poll in May. He finds his highest ratings among those planning to attend the caucuses for the first time (69 percent) and limited-government Tea Party activists (73 percent). Just 29 percent say they could never vote for him, a number cut in half since May.
The results were a topic of conversation on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.
CNN’s “New Day” tweeted Monday:
Trump on top in Iowa, but Carson making gains, poll finds: http://t.co/6IGAGyYwqD At 8amET, @MichaelCohen212 weighs in on this & more.
— New Day (@NewDay) August 31, 2015
The Hill took note:
Ben Carson has the highest favorability of GOP candidates in Iowa, new poll finds: http://t.co/HQ71kwPt0U pic.twitter.com/dFH3iJwlv8 — The Hill (@thehill) August 31, 2015
And Carson was understandably delighted:
Latest @bpolitics/@DMRegister #IowaPoll: “Ben Carson Edging Close to Front-Runner Trump in Latest Iowa Poll” http://t.co/JEQiImJPYz
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) August 30, 2015
When Carson was asked last week whether he would consider being Trump’s running mate, he replied, “All things are possible.”
Could the reverse be possible too?
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