After a brief turn at the top of the Republican presidential field, Ben Carson has returned to second-place behind front-runner Donald Trump. Such is not the case in Maryland, however, where Carson spent nearly three decades as the lead neurosurgeon at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital.
According to a University of Baltimore/Baltimore Sun poll released Tuesday evening, Carson tops the GOP field in Maryland with 27 percent support among likely Republican voters in the state.
Trump, the outspoken billionaire who regained his edge in national and early primary state polls following the terror attacks in Paris, trails Carson by four percentage points in the Old Line State, well within the poll's 5.6 percent margin of error. Despite leading Trump in Maryland, Carson fell to fourth place in the Washington Examiner's latest presidential power rankings while Trump jumped to first.
In a distant third place behind the two outsider candidates is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. The freshman senator has surged ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and is now backed by 16 percent of Maryland Republicans. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the only other GOP candidate with double-digit support in the state.