With both the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries now over, we’re starting to get an idea of where the 2016 presidential race is heading. On the Republican side of the race, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have both come out on top. However, the sea of other candidates seeking the Republican nomination appear to have been lost in the noise.
One of those such candidates is Ben Carson. The candidate came in at second-to-last in the most recent New Hampshire primary but has, however, confirmed that he intends to remain in the race for now. Carson clearly believes that the support is still there from his fans, according to CNN.
“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. 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.”
Ben Carson has accepted that he was never going to pick up huge support from Iowa and New Hampshire and hopes to pick up some pace when the campaign heads to South Carolina. It’s still not a fantastic place to be in when you consider that Carson was once the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. However, his decision to remain in the race certainly comes as something of a surprise for spectators.
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) February 11, 2016
Carson wasn’t the only candidate hit hard by the primary results in New Hampshire. That particular leg of the race saw New Jersey governor Chris Christie and HP CEO Carly Fiorina both pull out of the race following particularly bad results. However, they both managed to pick up more votes than Ben Carson, who appears to be clinging on to his candidacy.
That being said, Carson has always been known for attracting strong support from evangelical voters, which is why he expects his campaign to pick up some heat when it heads south. However, when you take into consideration that Ted Cruz has already done a pretty good job in terms of picking up the evangelical vote, the future of Ben Carson’s campaign doesn’t exactly look very bright.
The candidate continued to downplay his huge loss in New Hampshire, stating that he made a decision not to focus the campaign on the state like other candidates.
“We didn’t spend nearly as much money in New Hampshire as many others. We didn’t spend anywhere near millions of dollars there, recognizing there were certain things that were going to happen there. So you have to pick your battles very carefully. We’re doing just fine, people will continue to support us, we will move forward.”
On the Democratic side of the race, the picture is an awful lot clearer cut. The New Hampshire primaries saw a pretty surprising result for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who managed to pick up the state. Considering Hillary Clinton was once the favorite to secure the Democratic nomination, the news is sure to come as a shock to her. That being said, there’s still plenty of Clinton supporting states that the former Secretary of State and First Lady will help secure her nomination.
In all, both sides of this race are providing a pretty revolutionary story. We’ve never quite seen a presidential race like this one. There’s truly no telling who will win the nomination on either side of the political spectrum, which makes a very big change.
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