US Prez poll 2016: Ben Carson becomes 2nd former rival to endorse Trump

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Florida, March 11: After New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, another former Republican presidential aspirant Ben Carson also endorsed Donald Trump, who is leading the race at the moment.

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Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, dropped out of the race ahead of the March 5 primaries after failing to gain adequate support. A favourite in the initial stage, Carson made his decision known at a joint news conference with Trump here, ahead of the primaries there on March 15.

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Trump's supporters will expect him to beat Marco Rubio, the former's fiercest rival in this presidential election, in the latter's den. To get the presidential nomination, a Republican needs the support of 1,237 delegates. Trump has 459 delegates now, followed by Ted Cruz (360), Rubio (152) and John Kasich (54).

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Carson, who was compared to a "child molester" by Trump once, however, has a similarity with the latter. Both of them tapped into the wish of the disenchanted conservative electorate to find a candidate outside the establishment.

Carson still has a sizeable support, particularly among the evangelical voters and thus could prove to be handy for Trump, a real-estate mogul in his campaign.

"I have found in talking with him, that there's a lot more alignment, philosophically and spiritually, than I ever thought that there was," Carson said about Trump, according to a BBC report. He also added: "Donald Trump talks a lot about making America great. It's not just talk, he means it."

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