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Ben Carson Suspends 2016 Campaign at CPAC

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Ben Carson announced Friday he is suspending his presidential campaign after a string of disappointing finishes in the Republican nominating contests.

The announcement, made during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference taking place outside Washington, D.C., was expected after Carson released a statement following the Super Tuesday contests saying he does "not see a political path forward."

Carson chose not to participate in Thursday's GOP debate in Michigan.

Ahead of Carson's speech Friday, he was announced as the chair of My Faith Votes, a group aimed at motivating Christians to get to the ballot box.

The former pediatric neurosurgeon surged in the polls last fall, even leading the once crowded GOP field in Iowa. But his soft demeanor and questions about his foreign policy expertise made him an easy target both of his Republican rivals and late-night comics.

Carson ended up finishing fourth in the Hawkeye State and earned just eight delegates in the first 15 GOP nominating contests. 

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