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A poll published this morning shows businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz neck-and-neck among Iowa voters.
The results of the most recent survey by Quinnipiac University of 600 likely Republican Iowa Caucus participants has Trump leading with 25 percent of the vote, and Cruz just behind at 23 percent. Ben Carson is third at 18 percent.
This is a major shift from just a month ago, when a survey done by the same university published on October 22 showed Carson in the lead with 28 percent, Trump with 20 percent, and Cruz at 10 percent.
Terrorism and foreign policy were the most important issues to the voters sampled, with 30 percent of those polled citing one of these two issues as the deciding factor in who they would vote for.
Of that 30 percent, 27 percent would vote for Cruz, enough to give him the lead on that front.
According to The New York Times, issues of foreign policy in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris has played a major part in Cruz’s surge, noting that he has “aggressively criticized President Obama’s handling of the rise of the Islamic State”.
Furthermore, Cruz is against allowing refugees from war-torn Syria into the United States, an opinion he shares with 81 percent of Iowan Republicans polled.
Cruz was also seen as the most capable of handling foreign policy, garnering 24 percent of the poll, in comparison to Trump at 18 percent. He was also seen as the candidate with the best experience, as 75 percent of those polled agreed that he had the experience needed to be president. This compares to Trump with 62 percent and Carson with 49 percent.
The Iowa Republican Caucus takes place on February 1 of next year.
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Ben Carson, the former famed neurosurgeon apparently can’t see into the heads of his strongest supporters.
Moments after confirming his endorsement of Donald Trump, Carson supporters rushed to social media where many bashed him for the perceived betrayal.
“I’m absolutely heartbroken that you have chosen this path! It destroys everything I believed about you,” Vicky Snider wrote on Carson’s Facebook page.
“I could not be more disappointed in you Dr. Carson. You are not the person I thought you were,” Lori Nea Trybus wrote on Facebook. “I feel misled and betrayed by you. I thought you had an unwavering moral compass, but your support of Donald Trump proves that you do not.”
“No no no no no!!!!!! Please Dr. Carson no!!! He has made a mockery of all you fought so hard for!!!! I am beyond shocked and disappointed that you would stoop to endorse that wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing……
I am SO disheartened by this!! You didn’t have to endorse anybody, let alone hiM!!,” Debi Sweet wrote on Facebook.“Can’t believe you chose to support the one candidate who mocks God and is definitely not a Christian,” Kevin White wrote on the social media site. “Very disappointed in you and have lost much respect.”
“Well I have just lost all respect I had for you Dr. Carson,” Brenda Koppenhaver wrote on Facebook. “My husband and I were going to vote for you and you had to end your campaign, which we understand, but to we cannot back a schoolyard bully like Donald Trump.”“Honestly I feel used. I feel like you sold out,” David Humphrey wrote on Facebook. “You speak of Party as if it has relevance in the kingdom. I am hurt and feel like you have used the flag of Christ to sell out for political gain. I will never support Donald Trump.”Not all of Carson’s fans were against his decision though.“Thank you Ben for the support of Mr. Trump,” Steve Moore said. “I agree with everything you said. We won’t agree with everything everyone says, we all have differing opinions on various things, but with 2 men such as you and Mr. Trump, you have the wisdom to know what is going on in the real-world of Washington. Thank you for your support!”
Carson for his part said that the country is at a crossroads and in the middle of a moral crisis.
“We must be careful not to continue our current path, which is littered with uncertainty at best and ruination at worst,” Carson wrote in a Facebook post. “It is with that in mind that I endorse Donald Trump for President.”
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By Kyle Jones
It’s that special day of the year again. This Friday will be the 3rd and final Friday the 13th of the year.
Like black cats and broken mirrors, the day has become synonymous with bad luck and dread in western culture.
According to NPR, fear of Friday the 13th is an actual clinical condition called paraskevidekatriaphobia.
People suffering from this condition fear the day so much that some actually refuse to fly, make business decisions, or even spend a lot of money on this most inauspicious of days.
According to National Geographic, “It’s been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they normally would do.”
But this begs the question, why?
Accounts vary greatly as to the origins of the superstition of Friday the 13th. Some historians claim that the superstition surrounding the day most likely originated during the Middle Ages and may even have Biblical origins, according to the Telegraph.
One of the most popular legends surrounding the misfortune of Friday the 13th involves the events of Friday October 13th, 1307.
It was on this day that King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest and execution of all those associated with the Knights Templar to avoid having to pay back the massive financial debt he owed to the knightly order.
This legend was popularized when it was referenced in Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code.
Prior to this; however, Friday and the number 13 were both considered to unlucky. Geoffrey Chaucer referenced the belief that it was bad luck to start a journey or a project on a Friday in the Canterbury Tales.
In Christian tradition, Good Friday is remembered as the day when Jesus was crucified. Some biblical scholars actually claim that the crucifixion of Jesus actually took place on Friday the 13th.
The number 13 has also been considered unlucky in western culture since antiquity. A Norse myth told of a dinner party for 12 gods at which Loki, 13th guest, showed up and shot the god of joy and happiness according to Livescience. A similar belief exists that Judas the betrayer, was the 13th person to arrive at the last supper.
Today, Friday the 13th is most commonly associated with the Friday the 13th movie franchise.
But whether you’re talking about dead Templars or dead camp counselors, Friday the 13th continues to capture the imagination and hold a special place in western superstition.
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