Carson: 'I’m getting a lot of pressure to stay in the race’
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Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report Congressional tax reform must include an affordable housing fix We can – and should – reduce poverty through tax reform MORE said Wednesday that he is not abandoning his White House run despite at the bottom of the pack in New Hampshire’s GOP presidential primary the night before.

“We’re not getting any pressure from our millions of supporters,” he said on CNN’s “The Lead” when asked if he felt the end is nearing after an eighth place finish.

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“I’m getting a lot of pressure to stay in the race,” the retired neurosurgeon added. "I respect that and I’m not just going to walk away from the millions of people supporting me.”

Carson expressed regret that rivals Carly Fiorina and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) gave up the ghost on their Oval Office bids earlier in the day.

“I’m sorry to see them go, but certainly understand that there are other pressures that might interject themselves into their decision making,” he told host Jake Tapper.

Carson argued he is still capable of victory during the next Republican primary on Feb. 20.

“I think I can win South Carolina,” Carson said from Mount Pleasant "You’ll see. I have put a lot of time, effort and resources here and I think we’ll do extraordinarily well. As more people see and hear me, I think those numbers will turn around.”

Carson earned the second-least votes in New Hampshire’s contest Tuesday night, taking 2.3 percent and beating only former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who took 0 percent but rarely campaigns for his long-shot bid.

The retired neurosurgeon ranks fifth in South Carolina, meanwhile, but faces an over 27-point deficit before catching GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE there.