Where might you expect to find Dr. Ben Carson’s stronghold of support? Look no further than the deep south, where in my home state of Georgia, the GOP Presidential candidate scored a stunning victory in the 2015 Georgia State Convention Straw Poll. Dr. Carson won just over 76% of the convention vote easily dominating Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) who came in 2nd and 3rd with 7% and 6% of the vote respectively. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) rounded out the top 5 in support.
The poll results were reported on the Facebook page of the Georgia Association of Republican County Chairmen with a special editorial comment congratulating Dr. Carson’s supporters who spread the poll around on social media.
While the Carson campaign can take some comfort in the win, the straw poll is hardly scientific, and at the end of the day, Georgians are much more likely to support a known-quantity like Scott Walker or Marco Rubio or perhaps even Mike Huckabee. Dr. Carson is exactly the kind of candidate that Georgia Republicans like to vote for, but his recent slip ups make the odds of that far less likely.