Ben Carson has alleged that Ted Cruz’s campaign informed voters that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race, thus encouraging those voters to instead vote for Texas senator Ted Cruz. The voters were informed via multiple ways, including social media and physical mail. While Carson refused at first to name Cruz specifically, his campaign issued the following statement:
“For months, my campaign has survived the lies and dirty tricks from opponents who profess to detest the games of the political class, but in reality are masters at it. Even tonight, my opponents resorted to political tricks by tweeting, texting and telling precinct captains to announce that I had suspended my campaign — in some cases asking caucus goers to change their votes.”
Later, while speaking on Fox News, Carson decided to formally accuse the Cruz campaign of intentionally misleading Carson’s supporters in an attempt to secure the Iowa caucus victory for Cruz. He pointed to a tweet from Iowan Republican Steve King – a devout Cruz supporter – as evidence of foul play.
“Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope.” – Steve King
Caron’s wife witnessed firsthand the subterfuge of Cruz supporters when she overheard them telling caucusgoers that Carson was dropping out from the race. With these details in hand, the retired neurosurgeon indicated that Cruz’s tactics affected his performance. Carson finished fourth with 9.3% of the vote while Cruz finished first with 27.7% of the vote.
Carson has called upon Ted Cruz to address the issue and to “get rid of” the people responsible for spreading the false rumors that Carson had left the race. Carson also addressed his followers, reassuring them that he is not throwing in the towel and will be heading to New Hampshire to continue the battle there.