A conservative black activist doubts that Dr. Ben Carson could sway blacks to vote Republican if he becomes the GOP presidential nominee.
Black people have been "brainwashed" to believe that Republicans are "sellouts" to the black community, says Jesse Lee Peterson of Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND.
"So if Dr. Carson is nominated by the party, he will not get the black vote," Peterson predicts. "And by not getting the black vote and many of the Hispanic votes, Hillary Clinton will become the next president."
A CBS/NY Times Republican poll shows the retired neurosurgeon has passed Donald Trump, 26 to 22 percent, to become the GOP front runner. Sen. Marco Rubio was a distant third at nine percent.
Trump is still leading Carson in four of five polls according to RealClearPolitics.com.
But black voters would be more persuaded to vote Republican if the nominee is Trump, says Peterson.
"They don't see him as a Republican," he says of the billionaire businessman.
Instead, says Peterson, black voters see a man talking about issues they care about – jobs, crime, and illegal immigration – and they like the manner that he talks about those issues.
Trump is also a well-known figure, he adds, predicting that Trump could enjoy as much as 20 percent of black votes in a General Election.