Ben Carson’s presidential campaign has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. The difference, however, is that on traditional roller coasters, the drop tends to be short-lived; Carson’s roller coaster campaign is in a permanent free-fall. Back in August, Carson looked like he might have been the candidate to take on Trump, pulling the anti-Washington vote away from the front-runner and leading the Republican Party into the future. He was polling neck and neck with Trump in Iowa and other key primary states, and Trump even felt the need to take shots at Carson to maintain his lead. Now, however, Trump is leading the Republican race by more than 100 delegates seven months later, and Carson appears to be on his way out of the race.
The famed neurosurgeon told reporters and supporters in recent weeks that he would not be exiting the Republican race anytime soon, as he believed people wanted him to maintain his candidacy. The Washington Post then broke a story yesterday depicting a very different picture. The report found that Carson had told supporters yesterday that he does not see a political path forward for himself and thus will not be attending tonight’s Fox News debate in Detroit. Following the release of this story, Carson’s campaign issued a formal statement.
“I have decided not to attend the Fox News GOP Presidential Debate tomorrow night in Detroit. 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.”
Carson’s statement indicates that he is well aware of his poor polling and inability to secure the Republican nomination. However, at no point in the statement does he state that he will be dropping out of the race. In fact, his campaign is still raising incredible amounts of money, and thus they may remain in the race for much longer than one may expect.
Do you believe Carson is on his way out of the race? What do you think about him saying that he does “not see a political path forward”?