Carson surges to fore in US Republican race: polls

Retired neurosurgeon and fellow political outsider Ben Carson is neck-and-neck with Donald Trump in the latest poll on Republican presidential nomination contendersThe brash billionaire must now share frontrunner status in the US Republican presidential nominations battle with retired neurosurgeon and fellow political outsider Ben Carson, fresh polling showed Wednesday. The conservative Carson, the only African-American in the 2016 White House race, is virtually tied at the top with Trump, trailing him by one percentage point, according to the Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday. Tuesday’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has Carson surging into a six-point lead, quite a showing for a candidate who has largely shunned traditional campaign strategies and refused to play rough and tumble campaign politics with his rivals.

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