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Ben Carson Says He Doesn’t See a ‘Path Forward’ to White House

Ben Carson, the celebrity neurosurgeon who briefly rivaled Donald Trump atop the GOP field, said that he does “not see a political path forward” in the race to the White House.

Carson said that he would not attend the GOP debate on Thursday, which is being sponsored by Fox News.

“Even though I will not be in my hometown of Detroit on Thursday, I remain deeply committed to my home nation, America,” he said in a statement. “I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results. 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. We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation.”

Carson failed to win any state in the primary season. He said that he would discuss “more about the future of this movement” in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

Carson experienced a polling surge in the fall, but his standing declined amid questions about his biography and with lackluster debate performances.

His exit from Thursday’s debate will leave just four candidates on the debate stage: Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich.

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