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Ben Carson Formally Suspends Presidential Campaign

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 4/03/2016 Sam Levine
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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson formally announced he was suspending his presidential campaign during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

Carson all but ended his campaign earlier this week when he released a statement saying he didn't see a "path forward" after a poor showing in all of the GOP's nominating contests so far. Despite Carson's statement, some of his supporters at the annual conference were holding out hope on Thursday that he would stay in the race.

Carson announced that he would serve the national chair of My Faith Votes, a group that encourages Christians to vote.

"I am leaving the campaign trail," Carson said. "Even though I am leaving the campaign trail... I will still be heavily involved."

The announcement was met with a loud round of applause and shouts from a few disappointed supporters.

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