Carson wins Maryland GOP's straw poll
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Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonNY attorney general to investigate alleged Long Island housing discrimination Ben Carson accuses Maxine Waters of 'shamelessness,' hypocrisy on homelessness Trump launches effort to boost support among black voters MORE is the top choice among Maryland Republicans for the presidency next year, a new poll says. 

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The Maryland Republican Party announced on Tuesday that Carson is the winner of its 2016 presidential straw poll after a month of voting. 

Carson, a Maryland resident, wins 31.8 percent of voter support there, according to NBC’s local affiliate

It said on Tuesday that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE is the only other Republican White House hopeful earning double-digit voter support in the Old Line State. 

Trump, a New York business mogul, reaps 25.9 percent in the Maryland Republican Party’s straw poll. 

Tuesday’s results found that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio barely edges out Texas Sen. Cruz for third place in Maryland’s 2016 GOP presidential primary. 

Rubio nabs 6.9 percent to Cruz’s 6.8 percent, NBC’s local affiliate reported that afternoon. 

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) is next, it said, with 5.9 percent support among Maryland residents.

Following the top five are Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), with 4.7 percent; former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina with 4.6 percent, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The Maryland Republican Party said on Tuesday that it surveyed nearly 1,000 voters there via direct mail, social media and interviews at the state fair. 

It received responses from a total of 930 respondents after a month of sampling, NBC’s local affiliate added.

Carson’s support in the Old Line State follows his long tenure practicing neurosurgery there at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. 

Trump is currently ahead of the former doctor in the hunt for next year’s Republican presidential coronation across multiple national polls. 

He earns 29.8 percent to Carson’s 17.8 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings.

Maryland's 2011 straw poll had former Texas Gov. Rick PerryRick PerrySondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep Overnight Energy: BLM employees who buck relocation must leave by early next year | Trump officials move to weaken efficiency standards for quick dishwashers | California officials boycott LA auto show in warning to industry Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Senate eyes sending stopgap spending bill back to House | Sondland delivers bombshell impeachment testimony | Pentagon deputy says he didn't try to block official's testimony MORE winning with 25.8 perecent support followed by eventual Republican nominee Mitt Romney with 21.2 percent. Perry dropped out of this year's Republican presidential race last Friday after dismal polling numbers and lagging financial support.