For John, BLUF: The GOP faithful want a winner. He or she could be purple, if they were seen as a winner. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Listening to Fox News this AM I heard that Dr Ben Carson had one a recent straw poll. So I checked Memorandum and then The New York Times. Even Drudge. Nota. So, to the Fox News website and from there following a link to NewsMax.
Republican presidential candidate and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on Saturday won the straw poll of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City — beating last year's winner, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.Maybe he won because he is a physician.
It would be interesting if the first Black President whose ties go back to slavery is a Republican.
Regards — Cliff