Carson releases Nevada delegates
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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has released the two delegates he won in the Nevada caucuses, meaning they are now free to support whichever candidate they choose at the Republican National Convention in July, CNN reported.

Carson, who dropped out of the race in March and later endorsed Republican front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump visits Virginia golf club Dem rep: Kushner ‘lied’, should be investigated Meet Trump's new communications director MORE, won about 5 percent of the vote in the Nevada caucuses. 

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The state allocates delegates proportionally, giving him two of the 30 delegates at stake.

On Friday, Carson sent a letter to the Nevada Republican Party asking that his delegates be released from supporting him.

He had the choice to release his delegates or to let the party reapportion them based on the percentage the remaining candidates won in the state. 

Trump, who is getting closer to clinching the nomination, won about 46 percent of the vote in the state, securing 14 delegates, according to The Associated Press. Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioBush ethics lawyer: Congress must tell Trump not to fire Mueller The private alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program  Cruz offers bill to weaken labor board's power MORE (R-Fla.), who also dropped out of the race in March, won 7 delegates.

Next weekend, grassroots activists and party insiders will decide who will serve as delegates from Nevada. Carson's two released delegates could go to Trump if the front-runner gets enough of his backers elected as delegates in the state.

Trump needs 1,237 delegates to clinch the nomination and avoid a contested convention. His next opportunity to advance toward that goal is Tuesday, when Indiana votes in its primary. The Hoosier State is viewed by some as a last chance for fellow candidates 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 and John Kasich to capture enough delegates themselves to force a contested convention.