One poll has him tied with Trump now…..
Emboldened by support that has propelled retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to No. 2 in the polls, the political newcomer’s campaign is pushing back against the narrative that he isn’t a true threat to win the GOP presidential nomination.
The campaign and its supporting super-PACs, which have seen increased fundraising since Carson’s well-received performance in the Aug. 6 Fox News debate, are poised to go after major donors, roll out policy positions and employ a ground game to keep up the momentum.
“The press has never taken him seriously,” said Terry Giles, who briefly managed Carson’s campaign but left to coordinate fundraising with pro-Carson super-PACs. “Even up until three days ago, they’d talk about everyone but him. Now they have no choice but to talk about him.”
In national polls, Carson has rocketed into second place, trailing only businessman Donald Trump. While Trump still holds a substantial lead, Carson is the only other candidate with nationwide poll numbers in the double digits, according to the RealClearPolitics average.
But the poll that seems to have announced Carson’s arrival was a Des Moines Register-Bloomberg survey released over the weekend showing Carson catching Trump in Iowa, where both men captured 23 percent support. No other candidate is even in the same ballpark.