(CN) - Dr. Ben Carson issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying he sees no path forward for his campaign, and will not appear at Thursday's Republican debate in Detroit.
The statement from the retired neurosurgeon suggests he is about to suspend his presidential campaign, but he stopped short of doing so.
Instead, he said he will address his political future during a speech on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference , which is being held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
"I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening's Super Tuesday primary results," said Carson, who last fall topped current Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in many polls. "However, the grassroots movement on behalf of 'We the People' will continue.
"Along with millions of patriots who have supported by campaign for President, I remain committed to Saving America for Future Generations," he said.
Although he languished at the polls, Carson did have a consituency, people who responded to what they saw as his strong religious faith, his serious conservatism, and his interest in issues such as home schooling.
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