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Eye On Candidates
March 3, 2016

Carson Exits Campaign – Sort Of

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has announced that he does "not see a political path forward" following his poor showing on Super Tuesday, and will not participate in tonight's GOP debate. It's been widely interpreted to mean he is dropping out of the race, and the Carson campaign has not disputed that interpretation. The Washington Times reports:

Ben Carson sees no ‘political path forward,’ bails on Detroit debate

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson signaled the effective end of his presidential campaign Wednesday, saying he no longer sees a path to victory and will be shifting his operation in another direction.

Mr. Carson said he won’t attend the debate scheduled for Thursday in Detroit, but said he’ll lay out his plans at his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. CPAC is where Mr. Carson made his first real foray into politics several years ago.

“I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results,” he said in a statement, though he insisted he is not formally suspending his campaign and vowed to remain focused on constitutional principles as he moves into his next phase.