Carson leaves for SC before NH polls close
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The New Hampshire results aren't in yet but Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has already left the Granite State for South Carolina.
 
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But Carson's campaign is making sure that there is no repeat of Iowa, when caucus-winner Ted CruzTed CruzGOP wrestles with soaring deductibles in healthcare bill Cruz: Tax reform chances ‘drop significantly’ if healthcare fails Ex-CBO directors defend against GOP attacks on ObamaCare analysis MORE's campaign used a CNN report to spread false rumors that the retired neurosurgeon was dropping out of the race. The now infamous Iowa report — which was quickly clarified to say that Carson was staying in the race no matter the results — had said that he was taking a break from the campaign trail to drop into his home in Florida for a change of clothes.
 
By traveling to South Carolina, Carson is demonstrating he will stay in the race past tonight. His team will still hold a primary watch gathering in New Hampshire despite his absence.
 
"Dr. Carson is en route to S.C. for events tomorrow," Carson's spokeswoman Deana Bass told The Hill via email on Tuesday evening. "Gen. Bob Dees our campaign chairman, and our state chair Cathie Chevalier will be there with our state Director David Tille."
 
Carson was not expected to do well in New Hampshire, which has a much lower proportion of evangelical Christians — his natural base — than Iowa or the next state to vote, South Carolina.