Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who at one point polled ahead of other GOP presidential contenders, is quitting the race. Announcing he will not be attending Thursday’s Republican debate in Detroit, Michigan, Carson said his political activism will continue, but that he would be suspending his presidential campaign.

“I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results,” Carson said in a statement, adding that he intends to say more about his future ambitions at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington, DC on Friday.Carson managed to pick up a total of eight delegates over the course of the campaign, including three in Virginia. By contrast, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has 258 delegates. READ MORE