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Rupert Murdoch: Carson May Be ‘The One To Beat’ In 2016

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Carson's ratings in national and primary polls have steadily risen since the first GOP debate in August. A Monmouth University poll of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers released Monday showed the retired neurosurgeon tied with Donald Trump at the front of the Republican field. While each candidate received 23 percent of likely cacusgoers’ support, Carson’s 81 percent approval rating soared above Trump’s rating of 52 percent.

Earlier in the summer, Murdoch criticized Trump, the GOP frontrunner, for “embarrassing” the country. He and Trump have since cleared the air.