Those who may be tempted to discount the near-official presidential candidacy of Ben Carson may have reason to rethink whether the surgeon-turned-politico will make a serious splash in the 2016 bid for the White House.
Having already constructed the necessarily skeleton organization to begin testing the waters, Carson is making the rounds across the country in hopes to generate enough buzz to continue carrying the effort forward.
At a recent Polk County, Iowa, Republican dinner, Carson keynoted a sell-out crowd of 400 true-blue Republicans, as Real Clear Politics reports. But what came as a surprise to Polk County Republican officials was not merely the size of the crowd but that the folks in attendance were not the usual event-goers they typically see.
According to a recent Bloomberg poll, Carson’s star is rising among the key base in the early primary state where he falls second only to Mitt Romney among the list of potential White House hopefuls. Should he choose to run, it appears establishment candidates can no longer look past him.