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Carson ends presidential campaign

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    Ben Carson spoke during a March 1 election night party in Baltimore. Carson said there was ‘no path forward’ in the 2016 race after the Super Tuesday results.

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    Republican presidential candidate retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson shake hands with supporters during an election night party in Baltimore.

MIAMI » Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is effectively ending his campaign after a poor finish across the Super Tuesday primaries.

Carson said in a statement today that he sees “no path forward” to the nomination and says he will not attend Thursday’s GOP debate in Michigan.

Armstrong Williams, Carson’s longtime business manager, told the Associated Press it’s “just the reality” that “there’s only one candidate in this 2016 election on the GOP side, and his name is (Donald) Trump.”

Williams added that Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz also “have no path” and should drop out.

It was not immediately clear whether Carson will officially suspend his campaign, but Williams says he no longer will actively seek votes.

Another Carson aide, Larry Ross, said Carson will offer “more details” when he speaks Friday at the CPAC gathering, an annual conservative confab.

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