Carson staying in race, sees South Carolina victory
Washington (CNN)Ben Carson said Wednesday he will be staying in the Republican race, despite a poor showing in New Hampshire, and is hoping to win big in South Carolina.
“I’m not getting any pressure from our millions of supporters (to leave the race). I’m getting a lot of pressure to make sure I stay in the race,” Carson told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.” “You know, they’re reminding me that I’m here because I responded to their imploring me to get involved. And I respect that and I’m not just going to walk away from the millions of people who are supporting me.”
Carson came in second-to-last place Tuesday night, beating only former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore. His decision to stick in the race comes even as two candidates who beat him there, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie, announced Wednesday they were ending their bids.
But Carson, who at one point attracted strong support from evangelical voters, said he expected to do well in South Carolina.
**“I think I can win South Carolina. We’re going to be putting a lot of time resources and effort here,” **Carson said.
I totally respect what Dr. Carson says here and I hope is aspirations prove correct, though clearly most of us would doubt that he will finish well. Would that not be a big change? As said, I think Dr. Carson’s soft-spokenness and not being all about pizazz or some other quality hasn’t helped him.
Is he in the next debate? It sounded like “no”.