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Presidential Poll: Carson and West Join Top Five

Ben Carson and Allen West
While the top three in our CHQ presidential straw poll have remained relatively static since we launched our CHQ 2016 Republican presidential straw poll. Governor Sarah Palin has generally held first place with Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul vying for second and third, but the fourth and fifth spots have been dynamic with a number of candidates rising into contention and then dropping back.

That may have changed as renowned Johns Hopkins surgeon and principled limited government constitutional conservative Dr. Ben Carson rose out of the back of the pack to take, and now hold for a second week, fourth place in the poll.

Carson was joined this week by another outspoken principled limited government constitutional conservative; Colonel Allen West, the former Florida Congressman and distinguished Army veteran.

What seems to be the common trait among the top five vote-getters in our straw poll is that they are all “boat-rockers” of a limited government constitutional conservative bent – the establishment Republicans on the ballot have been largely relegated to the bottom of the list.

We think this portends well for Republican chances in 2016.

In our opinion voters are rejecting the Republican establishment and its brand of Big Government “me-too-ism” in favor of candidates who are authentic representatives of the grassroots conservative base of the Party, and it is that authenticity that keeps Governor Palin in the lead.

This is why big government establishment Republicans like Jeb Bush is at the bottom of the list, and of course Marco Rubio’s abandonment of limited government constitutional conservative principles to become the face of the hated “Gang of Eight” Obama – Rubio amnesty for illegal aliens bill has made him anathema to most limited government constitutional conservatives.

In our view, the voter’s search for authenticity will be the determining factor in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. That search is not over and has left plenty of room for non-traditional “boat-rockers,” like Dr. Ben Carson and Col. Allen West, to grow and for other “boat-rockers” on the national stage, such as Senators Paul and Cruz, to challenge Governor Palin for the lead.

Vote in this week's new poll here.

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Principled Stand

While Both Dr. Carson and Lt Col West are very good men both have a few things that I cannot let slide.
Dr. Carson believes in disarming Americans
Lt Col West still insists that NDAA does not have indefinite detention.
Dr. Carson has said that Trayvon Martin was murdered. Another one out there that refuses to look at the evidence. He was killed while engaged in the act of assault.
Lt Col West, having all the information on the fraud of Obama, will not stand up and help, because he might want to run for another public office.
That is the act of a coward not a hero.

If we cannot hold our elected officials to a higher standard, we deserve all the corruption we currently have in the seat of power.

Principled Stand

Lt Col Allen West had an opportunity to be a real hero and take the invitation by the Cold Case Posse to review the forged and faked documention the CCP has researched. Lt Col West would have been a great and respected voice if he had agreed to help spread the word...but he declined. Thanks to Lt Zullo and Sheriff Arpaio for their relentless work. My choice will be the Patriot that recognizes this effort.