Ben Carson might be a long shot to win the White House in 2016, but he is certainly winning the book primary, with sales higher than all his fellow Republican competitors combined.
Carson’s most recent book, “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future,” sold 362,813 hardcover copies. The combined sales of books written by all other Republican presidential candidates since 2010 is 252,177, BuzzFeed reported.
Carson reportedly outsold Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” book in 2014.
The retired neurosurgeon has continued to poll strongly in national surveys, usually close or tied to top-tier Republican candidates such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. But he has by no means pulled ahead of the pack comparable to how his book sales have surged.
“God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy” by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in a distant second among Republican candidate books with 65,939 sold. The bottom two sellers among GOP candidate books were by Bush and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
BuzzFeed cited BookScan for total hardcover sales of other GOP candidates, some who've had more than one book since 2010. Here are the numbers:
"American Dreams" by Marco Rubio: 7,807
"Unintimidated" by Scott Walker: 19,096
"Taking a Stand" by Rand Paul: 7,795
"Rising to the Challenge" by Carly Fiorina: 2,620
"Immigration Wars" by Jeb Bush: 4,905
"God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy" by Mike Huckabee: 65,939
"Leadership and Crisis" by Bobby Jindal: 20,080
"Midas Touch" by Donald Trump: 21,424
"Fed Up!" by Rick Perry: 27,264
"An American Son" by Marco Rubio: 36,786
"Bella’s Gift" by Rick Santorum: 6,112
"American Patriots" by Rick Santorum: 6,831
"Government Bullies" by Rand Paul: 10,818
"The Tea Party Goes To Washington" by Rand Paul: 10,778
"Blue Collar Conservatives" by Rick Santorum: 3,919