Ben Carson ending his presidential bid
His new career comes just three days after Carson, who left the February 1 Iowa caucuses in fourth place with 9.3 percent of the vote, didn't capture a single delegate in the crucial, 11-state Super Tuesday primaries a month later, finishing dead last among five GOP candidates.
'There's a lot of people who love me, they just won't vote for me, but it's OK, ' he said.
"If that's the case, I didn't want to interfere with the process", he added.
As of Friday, Carson hadn't officially suspended his campaign.
Over the past week, the candidate himself has wondered aloud whether his campaign aides took advantage of him, even saying he was disappointed in himself for trusting some people around him "without really vetting them carefully".
He did not endorse one of the four remaining GOP candidates.
But as front-runner Donald Trump's bombast soared, the billionaire's success and big promises prevailed over Carson's more humble approach. My Faith Votes President Sealy Yates, said in a statement. The movement, which has received the endorsement of a number of the most significant Christian leaders in America, seeks to awaken millions of Christians across America to act upon their civic responsibility this November. A Carson video appears on the group's website.
The retired neurosurgeon signaled that he was winding things down earlier this week, when he said that he would skip the Republican debate Thursday night.
Speculation had abounded about Carson's next move.
Deeply religious, Carson remains popular with evangelical Christians and appears eager to keep working in politics. "I placed trust where I shouldn't have", he said.
Another Carson aide, Larry Ross, said Carson will offer "more details" when he speaks Friday at the CPAC gathering, an annual conservative confab.
The super PAC supporting Carson had also sent out fundraising pleas off Carson as a vice presidential pick.