It appears that Dr. Ben Carson is retiring from the Republican presidential race, following a disappointing performance on Super Tuesday.
Carson has not yet formally suspended his campaign, but told supporters he did not “see a political path forward” and would not attend the next Republican debate on Thursday.
The statement from Carson reads in full:
I have decided not to attend the Fox News GOP Presidential Debate tomorrow night in Detroit. Even though I will not be in my hometown of Detroit on Thursday, I remain deeply committed to my home nation, America. I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results. However, this grassroots movement on behalf of “We the People” will continue. Along with millions of patriots who have supported my campaign for President, I remain committed to Saving America for Future Generations. We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation.
I appreciate the support, financial and otherwise, from all corners of America. Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interests of the American people.
I will discuss more about the future of this movement during my speech on Friday at CPAC in Washington, D.C.
Carson is currently in last place among the five remaining Republican candidates with delegates, winning three on Super Tuesday to bring his total to eight. Front-runner Donald Trump has 319, followed by Senator Ted Cruz with 226, and Senator Marco Rubio with 110.