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Ben Carson enters GOP debate with momentum; Jeb Bush seeks jumpstart

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The Republican candidates for president will gather Wednesday for their third debate amid fresh volatility in an already chaotic race, with Ben Carson surging past Donald Trump in Iowa and one-time front-runner Jeb Bush under pressure to prove he’s still a viable candidate for the GOP nomination. The soft-spoken Carson has been a low-key presence in the first two GOP debates, but the retired neurosurgeon is likely to get more attention from moderators — as well as his fellow candidates…

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Ben Carson takes lead over Donald Trump in CBS-NY Times poll

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For the first time this year, Ben Carson has taken the lead nationally in a new CBS/New York Times poll. Carson is at 26 percent with Donald Trump trailing with 22 percent in the GOP Presidential primary field. From there, there’s a big drop-off. Marco Rubio is a distant third with 8 percent; Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina are next with 7 percent. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Ohio Gov.…

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AP poll: 8 in 10 Republicans prefer an outsider candidate

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A huge majority of Republican voters prefer an outsider candidate to one with experience in Washington, and most see political rookies Donald Trump and Ben Carson as possible general election winners, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Carson tops the field as the most positively viewed candidate among Republicans, the poll shows. Some things to know about opinions on the Republican field from the AP-GfK survey. GOP HIGH ON CARSON Carson is the candidate viewed most positively by Republican registered…

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Donald Trump to close out first full day of RPOF Sunshine Summit

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Donald Trump, the solid front-runner in Florida and nationally in the GOP presidential race, will be the sixth and final candidate to speak at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit taking place Nov. 13-14 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. Twelve candidates in all will participate in the event, a fundraiser for the RPOF and one that looked in danger of being a bust just a few weeks ago, when only native sons Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush had committed to participating. Rubio will be the first…

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Janet Huckabee to address Florida Republican women convention on Saturday

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Former Arkansas First Lady Janet Huckabee, wife of Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, will address the Florida Federation of Republican Women at its Orlando convention at noon Saturday. The FFRW Biennial Convention begins Friday afternoon, and goes on through Sunday, at the Doubletree by Hilton, located at the entrance to Universal Studios, 5780 Major Blvd in Orlando. An avid hunter and a marathon runner, Huckabee was dubbed “First Tomboy” by her husband during his tenure as Arkansas governor from 1996 to 2007. Chartered in 1950,…

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New PPP national survey has Donald Trump up by 10 points

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Donald Trump may or may not have already peaked in the Republican presidential contest, but no other candidate gets close to him in yet another national poll of GOP candidates released on Tuesday. The Public Policy Polling survey has Trump up with 27 percent support. Ben Carson is in second place with 17 percent, and Marco Rubio is next with 13 percent. These are all numbers that are roughly the same as when PPP conducted its last survey back in early September. Rounding…

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Chris Christie, Rand Paul added to RPOF Sunshine Summit

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Blaise Ingoglia and the Republican Party of Florida’s big Sunshine Summit is looking a lot better than it was a couple of weeks ago. That’s when only native sons Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio had committed to the mid-November fundraising event for the RPOF, creating the possible scenario of the majority of Republican presidential candidates not getting placed on the state’s presidential primary next March. But after the party announced the criteria for the candidates to get on the ballot,…

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