US Prez poll 2016: Ben Carson becomes 2nd former rival to endorse Trump
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.
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.
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).
Carson endorses Treump who compared him to a "child molester"
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."