After failing to win a single primary election, Ben Carson has finally decided to drop out of the race for the White House.
The retired neurosurgeon, who peaked in the polls mid-November, performed poorly on Super Tuesday. He failed to win a single state, and only snagged eight delegates, compared to Trump’s 319 and Cruz’s 226. In Alabama — the state in which he had the best Super Tuesday performance — he garnered just 11 percent of the vote.
The Carson campaign released a statement earlier Wednesday afternoon stating he didn’t “see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results,” and that he would not be attending the upcoming Fox News debate this Thursday.
Several hours later, they released another statement announcing that he was dropping out the race altogether.
Carson's statement to supporters: pic.twitter.com/LfrILLN7IY
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The announcement is a stark change in tone for Carson. Two days ago, he said he would not drop out as long as he continued to receive financial support, despite coming in last place in the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.
Carson is scheduled to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday in Washington DC.