'People love me, they just won't vote for me' - Ben Carson bows out of Republican presidential race
US Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has officially ended his bid for the White House after failing to win any of the early states in the race for the November election.
"There are a lot of people who love me, they just won't vote for me," Mr Carson said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
"Even though I might be leaving the campaign trail… I will still continue to be heavily involved in trying to save our nation."
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Carson had announced on Wednesday he did not see a "political path forward" in his campaign for the party's nomination, and had not attended the Republican debate in Michigan on Thursday.
Following his concession, Mr Carson announced he will serve as national chairman for ‘My Faith Votes’ - a non-partisan group that is working to dramatically increase voting participation by Christians in the 2016 election and beyond.
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"I did the math," Mr Carson said as he explained to Fox News why he dropped out of the race.
"I looked at the delegate counts, and I realized it simply wasn't going to happen."
Mr Carson's fourth-place showing in the Iowa caucuses was his best result.
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He came in eighth in New Hampshire and last in South Carolina when the field had winnowed to just six.
An impoverished youth who became a world-renowned neurosurgeon, at one time Mr Carson road a wave of interest among voters interested in outsider candidates to pass front-runner Donald Trump in polling.