Not seeing “a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results,” Ben Carson has announced he will not be taking the stage at tonight’s GOP presidential debate in his hometown of Detroit. Carson did not officially suspend his campaign.
The New York Times has published a fairly thorough obituary of Carson’s campaign, painting Carson the candidate as someone who captured the conservative imagination with his inspiring biography, outspoken Christian faith, outsider status, and tendency to deliver paleo-conservative talking points in a soft-spoken manner, but who was ultimately undone by rival Donald Trump’s brutal insults, his fumbling of foreign policy issues, and his campaign’s internal strife.
As far as how Carson’s, um, path-forwardlessness will affect the race, barring an endorsement from Carson himself, his voters are likely to split nearly evenly among Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio — with a few left over for John Kasich.
In a statement, Carson said he “ at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, where he will be speaking on Friday. “
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