Carson camp on Cruz: This is ‘horse----’
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Ben Carson’s presidential campaign is ripping Iowa caucus winner Ted CruzTed CruzMcCain votes to advance ObamaCare repeal, replace after vowing to oppose Senate rejects ObamaCare repeal, replacement amendment Senate Dem: We’re trying to block a recess appointment to replace Sessions MORE's operation for suggesting that Carson was going to drop out of the GOP race after Monday's contest.

“To have campaigns come out and send emails to their caucus speakers suggesting Dr. Carson was doing anything but moving forward after tonight is the lowest of the low in American politics,” Ed Brookover, Carson’s campaign manager, told Fortune.

“This is horseshit,” added Rob Taylor, Carson’s Iowa co-chair and a Hawkeye State representative.

Cruz's team strongly denied the Carson camp’s version of events following on Monday evening.

“That’s absurd,” said spokeswoman Catherine Frazier.

Carson immediately accused opponents of playing “dirty tricks." The retired neurosurgeon also ended rumors that he is suspending his campaign by leaving Iowa for his home in Florida.

Cruz won Iowa’s Republican caucuses, with 27.6 percent of the vote; Carson finished fourth, with 9.3 percent.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), the Cruz campaign’s national co-chairman, suggested Monday evening that exiting Iowa before the caucuses concluded is “equivalent” to suspending a campaign.