Ben Carson first place with 25%, Scott Walker second with 20%. I love Ben Carson, and these are good numbers for him, but I would consider him a longshot for the Republican nomination and an even longer shot to defeat the Clinton machine. He will have his work cut out for him when he gets on that Republican debate stage and has to go up against someone like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. BTW, the first Republican debate is coming fast, it is scheduled for August 6th in Cleveland and is hosted by Fox News and Facebook
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson won the presidential straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City on Saturday, beating out Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Carson won 25.4 percent of the vote, while Walker took 20.5 percent and Cruz received 16.4 percent.
Other GOP presidential hopefuls and potential candidates finished far behind the top trio. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie finished a distant fourth with 5.3 percent of the vote, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry took 5 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush won 4.9 percent.
Winning the straw poll could provide a boost to Carson’s long-shot candidacy.
“The fact of the matter is that I believe our founders set up a system that wasn’t supposed to cater to a political class,” Carson said at the conference. “It was supposed to cater to the people.”
“We’ve got to stop making everything into a political issue,” he added. “Our unity is through our strength.”
Carson is looking to solidify a position in televised debates, with Fox News and CNN announcing they will limit the stage to 10 top candidates in national polls