Carson's "lunch date" with supporters at Donovan's in La Jolla brought in a reported $100,000. Later Tuesday, Carson was taking his campaign to Rancho Sante Fe for another fundraiser.
Bonnie Kane was part of the lunch crowd in La Jolla and afterward raved about Carson.
"He's honest, he's truthful and that's a phenomenon. We haven't had the last few years," Kane told FOX 5.
Supporters at his lucrative lunch told FOX 5 they believe he can carry California in the 2016 election, despite no Republican having carried California since George H.W. Bush's 1988 election. Bush soundly defeated Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis.
After lunch Carson met quickly with reporters and he reinforced his belief that President Obama is wrong to promote America taking in thousands of Syrian refugees. Carson said there's a good chance "radical jihadists" are among those fleeing Syria.
"There isn't a very good vetting process. Therefore, we should not bring them in," Carson said.
He pointed to last Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris as an example of what could happen in the United States of refugees are insufficiently screened.
Carson wants the United States to help the "millions" of refugees along the Syria-Turkey border and get them re-settled in that area instead of bringing them into America.
Carson also slammed media coverage of his campaign. He has been uncomfortable with the portrayal of him not being forthcoming.