Much to the annoyance of Ted CruzTed CruzFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Cruz: Clinton 'tired' and 'formulaic' during debate The Trail 2016: Fight night MORE's supporters, Ben Carson insists he is not quitting the Republican race for president despite likely finishing sixth in the South Carolina primary.
Carson: I'm not going anywhere
Carson, who takes evangelical voters away from Cruz, says he is not going anywhere.
"They only have complete control if we give them complete control," the retired neurosurgeon told his supporters on Saturday night in South Carolina.
"It is we the people who really have the power. ... And this is a message that I am going to be taking across the nation to try to help the people of America recognize that we still have the ability to dictate the course of our country."
With about 40 percent of the South Carolina vote counted, Fox News has Carson coming in sixth, with about 6.6 percent of the total. The Carson campaign is also nearly out of cash.
But while Cruz's allies have been hoping Carson gets out of the race to give the Texas senator a larger share of the evangelical vote, the Cruz campaign did itself no favors when it angered Carson by spreading false rumors during the Iowa caucuses that Carson was dropping out.
There are no pundits still predicting a Carson victory, but on Saturday night he told his cheering supporters, "We still have the ability to save [our country] for the next generation. We can do it."