Carson’s camp confirmed with the Associated Press that the GOP candidate has raised $31 million since he launched his campaign in May.
The Republican presidential contender recalled that he and his friends used to throw rocks at passing cars and then run from the police, “back in the day, before they would shoot you”.
Much of the money comes from small-dollar donors or newcomers to presidential politics.
Senior campaign staffers had a special cake made Wednesday to celebrate their fundraising haul, which was more money than what was raised by the GOP’s entire White House field combined over the same period four years ago.
The two leading Democrat have exceeded $20 million.
A national poll this week gave Carson his biggest boost yet: Just one percentage point behind Trump.
The retired neurosurgeon received more than $8 million in the spring quarter. Bernie Sanders had raised more than $24million over the past three months as he wages a populist challenge to become the Democratic presidential nominee.
Francis had been receiving high praise for his frequent comments on climate change and immigration. But despite the demographic differences in Carson’s audiences, the appeal was the same: his lack of political baggage.
Carson’s fortunes surged even as he faced tough questions in recent weeks for saying he would not support a Muslim president.
Carson will continue to embrace the issue. Although CAIR may be the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group, it is controversial since it was once named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing case in USA history. Carson understands and appreciates the value of hard work and the fact that you are never truly stuck in a situation; with education, there is a way out.
“What do we need if we’re going in the wrong direction?”