Posted: 2:43 pm Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
After getting just a handful of delegates on Super Tuesday, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson announced that he will not participate in tomorrow night’s Republican debate, bringing his 2016 bid for the White House to a close.
“I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary result,” Carson said in a statement emailed to reporters.
Carson’s candidacy had not made much of an impact in recent weeks, as he scaled back his appearances in New Hampshire following a fourth place finish in Iowa.
Carson campaigned more aggressively in South Carolina and Nevada, but did not make a real dent in the GOP race, even using the Republican debates to plead for attention.
“Can someone attack me please?” Carson said to laughter at the last debate in Houston, Texas, as he tried to insert himself into the GOP debate.
The question of where Carson’s supporters would go is not a simple one to answer, as no one group moves as a block.
Second choice of the 73 Carson supporters we polled in February: Trump 39- Cruz 27 – Rubio 25 pic.twitter.com/8yss5OtRkk
— Elon Poll (@elonpoll) March 2, 2016
Carson did not explicitly say that he was suspending his campaign, but his statement certainly seemed like one which was bringing his GOP bid to an end.
“Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interests of the American people,” Carson said.
Speaking of money, Carson has taken down the part of his website that deals with fundraising, making it very clear that his campaign is not moving forward.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.