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Ben Carson: No ‘political path forward’ in GOP nomination, drops Fox debate

Ben Carson-droppingOn Wednesday, Dr. Ben Carson announced that he would not participate in Thursday’s GOP debate and said there was no ” political path forward” in the GOP primary.

While others are saying he is suspending his campaign, his statement doesn’t specifically say that, leaving room for yet another Iowa-style kerfluffle.

“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,” he said.

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“However, this grassroots movement on behalf of ‘We the People’ will continue,” he added, leaving open the slight possibility that he is not actually suspending his campaign as some believe.

“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,” he said.

Carson did say that he would discuss the future of his movement at the upcoming CPAC convention.

The Washington Post reported:

But Carson did not formally suspend his campaign. Instead, he said in the statement that he has decided to make a speech about his political future on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, just outside Washington.

According to reports, unnamed “officials close to the campaign” have said he will suspend his campaign.  But one has to ask: If that’s the case, why didn’t Carson just come out and say so?

Apparently, Carson knows he has no chance to win.  So, will he drop out as he should, or will he continue to plod along, sucking away just enough support to damage Cruz or Rubio, thereby ensuring a Trump victory?

Who knows?

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