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     Ben Carson to miss Thursday’s GOP presidential debate in Detroit.

March 3, 2016
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Super Tuesday was not so super for Dr. Carson.   After a disappointing finish Tuesday, the retired neurosurgeon met with his aides and together they decided he would not attend Thursday’s debate.   In an email to supporters, campaign chairman Bob Dees said the "political efforts must come to a close."   Dees said "We have often said that 'reality is our friend.' The reality is that we together have been on an amazing journey -- the right candidate for the right cause for the right reasons at the right time."   Dr. Carson said he will go into more detail during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference near Washington Friday.   But it appears to end what once seemed like a promising campaign for the first-time political candidate.   He was the first GOP candidate to overtake Donald Trump in the polls for several weeks in October 2015.   But as fall turned to winter, Carson consistently lost ground to Trump and later Texas Senator Ted Cruz.   By Camelia Guthrie.

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