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Ben Carson hosted fundraiser dinner at Aldo's Ristorante Thursday

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, shown Nov. 16 in Henderson, Nev., made a surprise visit to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, shown Nov. 16 in Henderson, Nev., made a surprise visit to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Ben Carson brought his presidential campaign home to Baltimore with a private fundraiser at Aldo's Ristorante Italiano Thursday night.

The Republican presidential candidate and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon hosted a dinner at the Little Italy restaurant at 306 S. High St.

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According to the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for government transparency, tickets for the 7 p.m. dinner cost as much as $2,700. Tickets started at $500 for guests, VIP passes were $1,000 and host tickets ran $2,700.

recent poll by The Baltimore Sun and University of Baltimore shows Carson leading the Republican field in Maryland, with support from 27 percent of Republicans likely to vote in the primary election. Donald Trump wasn't far behind with 23 percent of projected votes.

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"I don't have a horse in this (presidential) race, but I will say it was great to welcome Dr Carson back to Aldo's," Aldo's owner Sergio Vitale posted on Facebook. "Whatever your politics, his visit proves, once again, that great Italian food is non-partisan — it attracts fans from both sides of the aisle!"

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