Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson will end his presidential bid, saying that Super Tuesday's election results left him with no "political path forward." The announcement marks the closing chapter of a run that showed flashes of promise and fundraising prowess, but suffered a steep fall after Carson's lack of fluency on foreign policy issues became glaring. Carson said that he will skip Thursday's GOP debate in his hometown of Detroit and will formally address his political future during a speech on Friday at CPAC in the Washington area, but he left no doubt that his quest for the Republican nomination was coming to an end. It follows predictions by allies that Carson would await the results of Super Tuesday before deciding whether to quit.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.