The race is tightening at the top following Super Tuesday, Trump leading with 319 delegates to Cruz’s 226. Rubio has 110 delegates.
Kasich and Carson have remained stuck in the bottom two, with Kasich only gathering 25 delegates, and Carson only 8. Kasich has stated that he won’t drop out unless he loses Ohio to Trump, and Carson had previously said that he would stay in the race as long as people keep sending him donations.
Well, if the lineup for any debate is any hint, people stopped sending Carson money. As CNN reports:
Ben Carson doesn’t “see a political path forward” in the Republican presidential nomination process, and will not attend Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, he said in a statement.
Carson and his aides reached the decision after a staff meeting Wednesday morning in Baltimore after a disappointing finish on Super Tuesday.
Carson said he’s not planning on formal suspending his presidential campaign and will go into more detail during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference on Friday.
Whether or not Carson is officially dropping it is slightly irrelevant as its practically impossible him to capture enough of the remaining delegates to pull a victory regardless.
Here is the full text of his 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. 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.
I appreciate the support, financial and otherwise, from all corners of America. Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interests of the American people.
I will discuss more about the future of this movement during my speech on Friday at CPAC in Washington, D.C.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]