Ben Carson Sold More Books Than Hillary Clinton Last Week

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

For many book buyers last week, choosing whether to buy Ben Carson’s new book or Hillary Clinton’s new memoir was not a hard choice.

According to Nielsen Bookscan numbers provided to The Daily Caller, Carson’s ““One Nation” significantly outsold Clinton’s “Hard Choices” for the week ending July 20. While Clinton’s book sold 10,000 copies, Carson’s sold 16,000.

Nielsen says its survey “currently covers approximately 85 percent of the print book market.”

Clinton still leads in total sales with 201,000, but Carson is rapidly closing the gap, according to Nielsen Bookscan numbers. When TheDC first reported on this book battle earlier this month, Carson stood 15,000 short of Hillary in total book sales. Now, he is only 9,000 short of Hillary’s total with 192,000 copies sold.

Carson’s book was released in late May, while Clinton’s was released to much fanfare in early June.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon-turned-conservative commentator, says he is weighing a presidential run in 2016. Clinton is widely seen as the Democratic presidential frontrunner should she decide to run.

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