Nevada: Ben Carson Focused on Reno

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson walks through the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, after holding a town hall.
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Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson will remain in the race through at least the Nevada caucus on Tuesday, despite a dismal showing in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

Meanwhile, South Carolina’s second-to-last-place finisher John Kasich will also remain in the race, but his campaign has largely folded in Nevada: the candidate’s website does not list any events in the state ahead of Tuesday’s caucus.

Carson will hold a town hall meeting in Reno on Sunday afternoon and will follow it up with two more town halls in Virginia City and Las Vegas in the days ahead of Tuesday’s Nevada caucus, according to the campaign schedule posted on his website.

The candidate ultimately finished last with 7.2% in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, but vowed to continue his campaign in a message to supporters Saturday night. Jeb Bush, who finished just slightly ahead of Carson with 7.8%, suspended his campaign on Saturday.

“We still have the ability to save [our country] for the next generation. We can do it,” Carson told supporters following Saturday night’s disappointing results, according to the Hill. “It is we the people who really have the power. … And this is a message that I am going to be taking across the nation to try to help the people of America recognize that we still have the ability to dictate the course of our country.”

The real battle in Nevada is between Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz, and they will likely be battling for second place; polling averages reveal South Carolina winner Donald Trump holds a commanding 20-point lead in the state over both Republican contenders.

While Trump currently has just one campaign stop scheduled in Nevada this week — a noon rally in Sparks on Tuesday — Cruz will criss-cross the state for nine events ahead of the caucus, beginning with an afternoon rally in Pahrump on Sunday and ending with a visit to the Reed High School caucus site in Sparks Tuesday evening.

Rubio will host a rally in North Las Vegas Sunday night and will move on to scheduled campaign stops in Elko, Reno and Douglas County on Monday before finishing with a rally in Las Vegas early Tuesday morning. Rubio edged Cruz by roughly 1,000 votes to finish second in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

Stay tuned to Breitbart News for the latest on-the-ground coverage of the Nevada caucus.