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This dark horse Republican candidate's super PAC has raised more money than Ready for Hillary

The Washington Post has a long profile today on Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who shot to fame in conservative circles in 2013 after he criticized ObamaCare in front of the president. It seems that Carson is seriously considering a run in 2016, and he has the financial support to boot.

This gave birth to the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, which has raised $8.7 million (as of July, Ready for Hillary had raised about $5.5 million). His new book will be No. 1 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list next week (he loves pointing out how much better it's doing than Hillary Rodham Clinton's Hard Choices, No. 6 on the same list). [The Washington Post]

Clinton, of course, has compiled a whole galaxy of super PACs. But it's still an impressive figure for someone with no political experience.