US Republican Carson ends campaign

Ben Carson at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington DC. Photo: 4 March 2016Image copyright
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Ben Carson said he would still be “heavily involved in trying to save the nation”

US Republican Ben Carson has officially ended his campaign for the presidential nomination for the 2016 election.

Speaking to conservative activists, he said: “I’m leaving the campaign trail.”

Mr Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, had been a front-runner but his campaign stalled in recent months after he performed badly on foreign affairs and questions about his background story.

He has not said which of the remaining four candidates he plans to endorse in the race for the Republican nomination.

“There are a lot of people who love me, they just won’t vote for me,” Dr Carson said at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington DC.

After receiving a standing ovation from the crowd, the 64-year-old said he would still be “heavily involved in trying to save the nation”.

His announcement was expected after he said earlier this week that he did not see a “political path forward” in his campaign for the nomination.



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