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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Carson Campaign 'Finished,' Reagan's Top Strategist Says

Ronald Reagan's top political strategist has declared the presidential campaign of Ben Carson is essentially over.

"At this point, I think his candidacy is finished," Ed Rollins, a top Republican strategist who managed President Reagan's 1984 re-election, told The Washington Post late last week.

Rollins' comments came on the heels of the announcement made just before the New Year that some 20 Carson staffers had quit the campaign, including its manager, Barry Bennett, and two senior aides.

"He has money but his staffers are gone and nothing really to keep him going. Iowa isn't seriously in play, he has no strength in New Hampshire," Rollins said.

Carson, who once led polls in Iowa, now places in third or fourth.