Carson wins Benton-Franklin Fair GOP poll, Trump second

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson edged out billionaire businessman Donald Trump in a poll taken at the recent Benton-Franklin Fair.

Carson had 1,134 total points in the bi-county voting system, while Trump finished with 1,097 points in the poll of 17 Republican candidates taken at the Benton and Franklin GOP booth.

Fair-goers were asked to pick their top-three candidates, said Brenda High, Franklin County Republican committeewoman. The system awards three points for first place, two points for second and a point for third.

“It’s kind of a fun little thing to let people know where our counties stand,” she said.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was third with 659 points, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was fourth with 453 points and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was fifth with 443.5 points.

Fairgoers cast 989 ballots.

Carson, Trump and Cruz were also the top 3 in Benton and Franklin counties. Fiorina finished fourth in Benton County and fifth in Franklin County, while Bush was fourth in Franklin County and sixth in Benton County. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, placed fifth in Benton County.