Donald Trump has not only been dominating the media coverage since jumping into the race but he has been thoroughly trouncing his GOP counterparts in every single poll that has been released over the last month.
Additionally, the voters have made it extremely clear that the country is looking for an outsider to fix the mess in Washington.
A freshly released Monmouth University poll confirms both Trump’s solid position as the front-runner as well as the country’s desire for a non-politician, but it also revealed something surprising.
After tying Trump in Monmouth’s Iowa poll earlier this week, Carson rocketed to second place in the national survey. He is still 22 points behind Trump at 18%, but he is 10 points ahead of his nearest competitors, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, who are tied for third at 8%.
Even more intriguing is what happened when Monmouth put Trump in head-to-head contests with the rest of the Republican field. Trump dominated every other candidate besides Carson, who would beat the frontrunner by a whopping 19 points, 55-36% if they were the only two names on the hypothetical ballot.
While Trump holds a commanding lead against everyone in the GOP field, when matched up against Dr. Ben Carson head to head, Carson wins by a substantial margin.
If Carson can stay in the race until the field narrows down to just a few candidates, he could very well beat Donald Trump and secure the nomination.
Trump, Carson, and Carly Fiorina are currently running 1, 2, and 3 in Iowa which absolutely speaks to another detail of the Monmouth poll which claimed that 67% of voters are looking for a candidate that is not a politician.
The 2016 election is shaping up to be one of the most unique elections we have seen in many, many years.