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Thursday, October 20, 2016

With the Republican presidential field now taking shape, the true frontrunner is… nobody. And the leader in the new national poll from Monmouth University might not even be much better.

Ben Carson comes in first place, though locked in a tight battle with several other contenders — among them Jeb Bush, who is set to officially launch his candidacy this afternoon.

The pollster’s analysis says: “You would be hard pressed to look at these results and identify an emerging top tier in the Republican field, let alone a so-called frontrunner.”

The results are:

  • Ben Carson 11
  • Scott Walker 10
  • Jeb Bush 9
  • Marco Rubio 9
  • Mike Huckabee 8
  • Rand Paul 6
  • Ted Cruz 5
  • Chris Christie 4
  • Rick Perry 4
  • Rick Santorum 3
  • Lindsey Graham 2
  • Carly Fiorina 2
  • Donald Trump 2
  • Bobby Jindal 1
  • John Kasich 1
  • George Pataki 0

Cue the “sad trombone” sound for Pataki.

The survey of Republican voters was conducted from June 11 to 14, and has a margin of error of +/- 5.2 percentage points.

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  • 1standlastword

    To use a boxing metaphor this is the setup jab before a right cross and a straight left to the forehead and lights out.

    Just ask Herman Cain!

  • dtgraham

    Good news for the Dems for now. As far as Carson goes, nobody becomes a neurosurgeon without having a pretty substantial IQ—-but he’s still a nut.

  • itsfun

    How dare those racist Republicans support a black man?

    • paulyz

      OMG, Dr. Ben Carson is Black! ! ! LMAO.

    • Vernon Sukumu

      Yes and he’s going to be DIXIE-CAN candidate for prez.

  • paulyz

    The perfect combination, Gov. Scott Walker & Dr. Ben Carson.

    • Bob Eddy

      They don’t, trust me, they don’t. I could probably climb aboard this clown train and get 10%.

  • Carolyn1520

    This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

  • DOC

    Remember that other black man he was also leading at one point..

  • Bob Eddy

    It would be hard to look at this group and find anyone who should be in the White House unless they were on a guided tour!

  • dpaano

    I wouldn’t let Carson near me with a pair of dull scissors!