By Dave Andrusko
After Super Tuesday, one burning question was whether retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson would continue his bid to be the Republican presidential nominee. Yesterday, without formally dropping out, Dr. Carson said, “I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results.”
He also said he would not participate in tonight’s GOP debate in Michigan which will be carried by Fox News. In lieu of formally suspending his campaign, Carson said he would deliver a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Another top issue was whether and/or how frontrunner Donald Trump’s rivals would stop his drive to the nomination. To date, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are still vigorously contesting Trump as is Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
On a related note, 2013 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be delivering a speech this morning, excerpts of which have already been leaked to the press. The Washington Post reported
“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” Romney will say, according to a speech prepared for delivery Thursday morning at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.”
NBC News’s “First Read” has updated the GOP delegate totals. According to Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Carrie Dann
After the Super Tuesday results, it’s clear that Trump had a good (though hardly great) night. Despite winning seven out of the 11 contests, Trump holds just a 23-delegate lead over Ted Cruz from the Super Tuesday delegates, according to NBC’s count: Trump 243, Cruz 220, Rubio 101, Kasich 21. (The biggest reason for this narrow deficit: Cruz absolutely cleaned up winning Texas delegates.)
Overall, the delegate race is Trump 325, Cruz 237, Rubio 117, Kasich 27.