What a great move by a man who is loyal and principled.
Former GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has told the New York Board of elections to void any votes he receives in Tuesday’s Republican primary.
For all intents and purposes, Dr. Carson, who suspended his campaign, is still in the race which is why he delivered the letter to the board of elections. Only one candidate has ended their campaign this election season, that person was former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Under election rules, most candidates under a suspended campaign still operate if not just to take care of bills that need paid.
Carson endorsed Donald Trump earlier in the year and has been a surrogate for him out on the campaign trail. Carson has also been active in television interviews for the GOP front-runner.
This move by Carson is a strong solidarity move which could prove to be beneficial to Trump in today’s primary. Trump is trying to win the primary with more than 50% of the vote.
A vote for Ben Carson in Tuesday’s New York primary will count the same as no vote at all.
Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who dropped his bid for the Republican presidential nomination last month, sent a letter to the state Board of Elections late last week, requesting that votes cast for him Tuesday be considered void.
The board received the letter Monday — the deadline for Carson to void his votes, according to board spokesman John Conklin.
While Carson’s name will still be on the GOP ballot, any votes cast for him won’t count toward the delegate-awarding process, according to Conklin.
The last-minute move provides a boost to GOP front-runner Donald Trump, whose quest to win a high number of the state’s 95 delegates hinges on receiving 50% of the vote statewide and in New York’s 27 individual congressional districts.
If Carson — who now backs Trump — had even pulled 1% or 2% of the vote statewide or in a district, it could have hurt Trump’s quest for 50%. A variety of public-opinion polls show Trump hovering just above the 50% mark.
Here is the official notification from Dr. Carson’s office:
Some people feel with the talk of a contested GOP convention to be held in July in Cleveland Ohio, some of the suspended candidates could possibly rejoin the race. It’s highly unlikely but it is possible.
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