Will Ben Carson's Momentum Last Into Iowa?

While Donald Trump gets most of the attention, he's not the only Republican experiencing a summer surge. Ben Carson is seeing some of his best poll numbers.

A recent Fox News poll had Carson in second place nationally at 12 percent, behind Trump at 25 percent and ahead of Ted Cruz at 10 percent. But can he sustain this momentum as the primary calendar draws closer? "I didn't expect this quick of a trajectory, and I certainly don't want to become the front-runner this quickly because you don't want to peak too early, so were actually in a pretty good spot right now," the 63-year-old retired neurosurgeon told a Des Moines Register reporter.

Carson and Trump both appeal to disgruntled voters who are tired of the system. "Carson could definitely be beneficiary of a Trump implosion," political analyst and Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said. "But he can't count on that. But right now he has to gain the news cycle and do well on debate performances and capitalize on the media cycle."

"He's shown himself to be a far more durable candidate than many people would have thought but the again there's' been nothing logical about this primary so far," O'Connell said. "What's going for him it`s that he's seen as the most likeable and the most principled candidate so far."

Read more from Ariel Cohen at The Washington Examiner

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