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Ben Carson: No 'political path forward,' suggesting end to presidential run

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, left, laughs as his wife, Candy Carson, waves to the crowd after saying a few words to the crowd supporting her husband in front of supporters on Aug. 18, 2015. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, left, laughs as his wife, Candy Carson, waves to the crowd after saying a few words to the crowd supporting her husband in front of supporters on Aug. 18, 2015. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(RNN) - Ben Carson announced that he will not participate in the Fox News debate in Detroit on Thursday, saying "I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening's Super Tuesday primary results."

Carson had a dismal showing in the Super Tuesday primaries, finishing last or next-to-last in all 12 contests.

"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 prepared release.  "We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation," he said.

Carson told CNN he is not planning on formally suspending his presidential campaign, but will explain in greater detail on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference in Washington, DC.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a candidate for the White House, said he spoke with Carson. 

"I just had a very, very nice conversation with Dr. Ben Carson who announced today that he's suspending his campaign," Kasich told the crowd in Michigan. "And I think he held his head high and he's a very, very good man."

Kasich later followed by up saying he hadn't "confirmed" with Carson that he was suspending his campaign. 

"No, I didn't confirm anything, I don't push people like that, he's been out there working hard and I have a lot of respect for him," he told reporters. 

Carson's campaign started strong, but slowly descended into a quagmire. Once considered the top challenger to front-runner Donald Trump, Carson's campaign was almost stopped in its tracks when several top staffers resigned before the Iowa caucus.

After the Iowa caucuses, Carson accused the Ted Cruz campaign of falsely telling voters that Carson was dropping out of the race before the voting began.

Carson finished fourth in Iowa, his best showing.

He ran on a conservative promise to revamp the tax system to mirror tithing as outlined in the Bible. He also advocated health spending accounts to replace Obamacare. 

He made made a slew of controversial comments, saying women who had abortions were like slave owners who "thought that they had the right to do what every the wanted to that slave." He also said the Egyptian pyramids were made to store grain, not as burial chambers, and that European Jews could have prevented the Holocaust if they had guns.

He never provided evidence to support claims in his autobiography, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, that he had a violent past as a teen, trying to kill his cousin and hit his mother in the head with a hammer. He said he put violence and anger behind him when he committed his life to Christ.

Carson is a retired neurosurgeon and former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University. He's also the author of 10 books, including his autobiography.

He announced his presidential bid on April 29, 2015.

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