GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson is taking time out from his campaign for a book tour that brings him to Lakeland and 12 other Florida cities next month. His Lakeland appearance is 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at Books-a-Million.
While Carson is suspending his official campaign to promote his new book, a move some see as unorthodox, Politico writer Kathie Glueck notes that all but one of the states he’s visiting hold primaries by mid-March.
The book, “A More Perfect Union,” was released earlier this month and has as its subtitle, “What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties,” a theme likely to resonate with his conservative followers.
“I have never been excited or active for campaigning for any candidate ever, besides maybe putting a bumper sticker on my car or a yard sign out, but I just jumped on this thing with both feet,” Shaw told The Tampa Bay Times last month. “I’ve essentially taken on a second job doing this, because it is so important that we get Dr. Carson into the White House.”
A poll from the University of North Florida released today shows Carson trailing Donald Trump by 2 percentage points among likely Florida Republican primary voters. Top candidates in the poll are Trump, 21.7 percent; Carson, 19.3 percent; Marco Rubio, 14.9 percent, and Jeb Bush, 9 percent.