Ben Carson

A day after he failed to crack 11 percent in any of the Super Tuesday presidential contests, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson appears to be effectively ending his campaign for president.

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New Hampshire voters head to the polls next week with plenty to think about. And many of them have been thinking, comparing, contrasting, deciding, and un-deciding on candidates for a while now. NHPR has been following up with a handful of voters through the campaign to hear how their final decisions have been shaped by a long primary season. Today we hear from three of them.


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With the New Hampshire primary less than two months away, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson is trying to shore up his Granite State support.

During this week’s two-day visit, Carson hosted several town halls, headlined a forum on national security and wrapped the trip up with a holiday-themed celebration in Concord.

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Over a presidential campaign season that grows longer every four years, candidates have long counted on voters changing their minds before Primary Day. But we don’t often hear about how or why voters make up their minds in the first place. NHPR followed up with three voters to see how they are forming – and changing—their opinions over the course of the campaign.

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Candidates have been able to file for the New Hampshire Primary ballot for the past three weeks. Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon, waited until the very last day.

For his supporters, the wait was worth it. Carson fans began gathering at a downtown Concord restaurant starting at 9 a.m.,only to be lead across the street to the State House in groups of 40. Carson himself wasn't scheduled to file until noon.

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson has been having a rough couple of days. In the past 48 hours, several news organizations have raised questions about aspects of his past.

But even as he's weathered the increased media scrutiny, this week also saw Carson grab headlines for a decidedly different campaign milestone: He dropped a rap song.

Republican presidential hopefuls squared off over economic policies last night. The candidates defended their plans to simplify the tax code. It turns out, that's kind of complicated.

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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is near the top of the polls. So it's not surprising that his tax plan came under the scalpel in the CNBC debate Wednesday night. Carson denied that his plan for a flat tax of 10 percent, based on the biblical principle of tithing, would cost the government more than $1 trillion:

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Retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson spent much of Wednesday campaigning in New Hampshire. Carson’s pitch to voters was simple: I may be in politics, but I’m no politician.

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was in the Granite State Thursday.

The retired neurosurgeon defended his role in a 1992 study that used tissue from aborted fetuses. 

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson returns to the Granite State Thursday.

The retired neurosurgeon will hold town hall meetings in Hooksett and Windham.

Carson will also visit Manchester and Londonderry during his one-day campaign stop.

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul will also be in the state Thursday.

He’ll be on the Seacoast, speaking to voters in Somersworth and Portsmouth. 

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Neighborhood diners have been a staple campaign visit in New Hampshire for decades. They offer easy access to voters, a wide-range of age groups and personable settings. The Corner View Restaurant in Concord is one of the many popular stops candidates make on the campaign diner tour. 

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Medicine came up often when GOP presidential candidate and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson campaigned at the Corner View Restaurant in Concord Wednesday.

“I’ve never lost my awe of the brain,“ Carson confided to a pre-med student who approached him inside the diner with a portrait to sign.

But Carson wasn’t alone in talking about -- and expressing wonder at -- the human body.

Candy Carson, the candidate’s wife, swapped birth stories with a group of women in the restaurant.

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Donald Trump is providing an example for his fellow GOP presidential candidates -- an example of how not to talk on the campaign trail.

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Like many of this years GOP presidential candidates, Dr. Ben Carson spoke at New Hampshire’s traditional Politics and Eggs series, which has been a must stop for White House hopefuls for almost two decades.

But unlike most of the fourteen candidates, the former neurosurgeon has zero political experience. That lack of political baggage is actually an advantage, he told his audience. 

Ben Carson Brings Presidential Campaign To Manchester

May 10, 2015
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Republican Ben Carson returned to New Hampshire Sunday for his first campaign trip since announcing his presidential bid last week.

Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who has never held elective office, and like many other so-called outsider candidates, he told a crowd at Manchester Community College his lack of political experience was just what the country needed. The top figures in both major parties, Carson said, were often too focused on the next election to address the country’s problems, including the national debt. 

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Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential primary in an interview with Florida TV station on May 3rd, 2015, and made his official announcement at an event in Detroit on May 4th.

This post was updated at 10 a.m. ET

The field of major Republican presidential candidates is growing larger. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina jumped into the race Monday. And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is expected to jump into the race this week.

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Dr. Ben Carson was in New Hampshire on Monday for the first time as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

But the former brain surgeon told reporters that he is waiting until May to decide whether to jump into the GOP race where he could face up to a dozen other challengers. 

During his visit, Carson first stopped in Manchester where he was a keynote speaker at a forum focused on affordable healthcare. But the Republican spent most of the speech criticizing the Affordable Care Act – saying it was thoughtless and even questioning its motivations.