Ben Carson has ended his campaign and admitted that he doesn't "See a Political Path Forward."
Ben Carson admitted to CNN today that he "doesn't see a political path forward" to the Republican presidential nomination, he will no longer be attending Thursday's GOP debate in Detroit, his hometown. The retired neurosurgeon and his aides had a meeting today after a disappointing Super Tuesday.
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The campaign chairman, Bob Dees, sent out an email that said his "political efforts must come to a close."
"We have often said that 'reality is our friend.' The reality is that we together have been on an amazing journey -- the right candidate for the right cause for the right reasons at the right time," Dees wrote.
"No doubt many of you have tears as you read this, just as I tearfully write these words -- tearfully because the reality is that our political efforts must come to a close," he added. "Gratefully, the grass roots movement that has given new voice to "We the People" and has inspired millions will continue."
Carson is expected to make a speech on his campaign at the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference near Washington on Friday.
Carson's campaign once held so much promise, as he was one of the only candidates able to overcome Donald Trump, way back in October 2015. However, he lost ground to Trump and Ted Cruz took many of his votes as well.
Republicans hope that with Carson out of the way, more people will cling to Rubio or Cruz so that they can overtake Trump in the polls. They are actually hoping that Carson will run for a Senate seat.
Carson shouldn't be overlooked for his lengthy history as a neurosurgeon. He was able to come out of inn-city Detroit and become a star doctor, being one of the first doctors to successfully separate conjoined twins in the 1980s.
In June 2008, President Bush awarded Carson the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. "For a time, young Ben Carson was headed down that same path," Bush said at the time. "Yet through his reliance on faith and family, he turned his life into a sharply different direction."
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Carson's debate performances may be what broke his campaign. He didn't seem to fully grasp policy and his speech patterns were a mocking point for the other candidates.