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Michigan Poll: Carson 24, Trump 22

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By    |   Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 10:13 AM

Dr. Ben Carson has emerged as the frontrunner in a whizzed past Donald Trump in the latest Michigan GOP presidential primary.

The retired pediatric neurosurgeon topped the poll with 24 percent of the vote in the poll conducted by the Marketing Research Group (MRG).

Trump was in second place with 22 percent, with himself and Carson the only two Republican candidates with double-digit figures.

Factoring in MRG’s 2 percent margin of error, the two political outsiders are in a statistical dead heat.

“Political experience appears to be a liability in this election cycle with outsiders Carson and Trump combining for 46 percent of the likely vote,” said MRG president Tom Shields.“Even though the Donald is dominating political coverage of the presidential campaign, the kinder and gentler lesser known outsider Ben Carson holds the lead in Michigan.”

Carson also holds a 12-point lead among women, with 28 percent of the female vote to Trump’s 16 percent. But among male voters, Trump tops Carson, 28 percent to 20 percent.

“Trump has a major problem with women and it accounts for Carson’s narrow lead among all likely primary voters,” Shields said.

In a distant third place, was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 8 percent of the vote, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 6 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 4 percent.

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who performance at Wednesday’s debate wowed political analysts, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tied at 3 percent.

Tying with two percent apiece were Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 2 percent.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took just 1 percent. With former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindahl, former New York Gov. George Pataki and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, each with less than 1 percent.

Carson holds a 12-point lead among women, with 28 percent of the female vote to Trump’s 16 percent, although he trails Trump 20 percent to 28 percent among men.

“Trump has a major problem with women and it accounts for Carson’s narrow lead among all likely primary voters,” Shields said.

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