Just one day after failing to win any Republican presidential-nominating contests on Super Tuesday, candidate Dr. Ben Carson told his supporters he does not see a “path forward” in the race to the White House and that he would not take participate in the GOP debate Thursday night, the Washington Post reported. However, the retired neurosurgeon will not formally suspend his campaign and has planned instead to make a speech about his political future at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland Friday.
“I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results,” Carson said in a statement Wednesday. “However, this grassroots movement on behalf of ‘We the People’ will continue. Along with millions of patriots who have supported my campaign for president, I remain committed to Saving America for Future Generations.”
Although Carson started strong in the Republican nomination race — he actually was polling better than current front-runner Donald Trump was early in the fall — his support has since slumped badly. According to the RealClearPolitics averages of all GOP presidential polling data nationwide, Carson, with 9 percent support, barely leads Ohio Gov. John Kasich, with 8.8 percent support.
Carson’s business adviser Armstrong Williams told CNN it was clear billionaire businessman Trump has things wrapped up, adding that Carson will back the eventual Republican nominee.
“Everyone needs to come to the realization that Donald Trump will be the nominee when it’s all said and done,” Williams said. “And that’s the reality. I know they’re saying they have the best chance of toppling Trump, but let’s admit it, they have no pathway either. And every event, let’s admit it, Trump has done well. ... Since Iowa, he has been steamrolling.”