Donald Trump Vs. Dr. Ben Carson In High Stakes Debate Showdown

Donald Trump’s front-runner status is on the line during tonight’s Republican primary debate — as new polls show Ben Carson surging — setting up a high-stakes prime-time showdown between the brash billionaire and the mild-mannered neurosurgeon.

“He’s going to come out guns-a-blazing on Ben Carson because that’s the person who poses the most immediate threat to him,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said of Trump.

The reality TV star — who had projected an image of invincibility up to now — has suffered a series of setbacks in the last week, trailing Carson in three different Iowa polls and a national New York Times/CBS survey released yesterday.

O’Connell pointed out Carson is the one picking up evangelical supporters in Iowa and his calm demeanor and humility are winning over female voters.

Read more from Chris Cassidy at The Boston Herald

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