Republican Ben Carson effectively suspends presidential campaign

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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he does not see a “political path” forward for his presidential campaign and will not attend Thursday’s debate, effectively ending his campaign for the Republican nomination.

Carson, who led national polls in November but then quickly faded, has failed to win any primaries so far and performed poorly in most states on Super Tuesday, securing only 8 delegates so far, compared to 319 delegates for front-runner Donald Trump.

“I have decided not to attend the Fox News GOP Presidential Debate tomorrow night in Detroit,” Carson said in a brief statement to supporters. ” I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results.”

Carson, who vowed to continue his “grassroots movement”, said he will further discuss his political future during a speech in Washington, D.C. on Friday. “I remain committed to Saving America for Future Generations,” he said, adding that Wednesday’s decision was “in the best interests of the American people.”

With Carson ending his presidential bid, only four high-profile candidates remain, including Trump, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

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