Problem of not being career politician, lack of organization to get delegates in place. You may have popular support, still need organization.
Ben Carson lands in Chicago for fund-raising on Thursday, but with a week until petition circulating begins, he’s among the top three presidential contenders who lack solid organizations in Illinois.
Carson, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina are seriously lagging more established Republican presidential candidates — Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio — in laying a foundation in Illinois.
“I don’t know that Trump gets on the Illinois ballot,” Republican strategist and former Illinois GOP chair Pat Brady said, in an interview. “Absent a significant organization, you’re just not going to get it done in this state.”