Ben Carson’s presidential campaign is in serious trouble. In shocking news coming in on New Year’s Eve, two of Carson’s top campaign aides have quit.
The retired neurosurgeon has endeared himself to many on the far right, most notably conservative Christians and Tea Party supporters. For a brief period during the fall, Carson was rising in the polls, challenging Republican front runner Donald Trump for the top spot in the primary. Despite this, The Hill reported on Dec. 31 that Carson’s campaign manager and communications director have decided to step down.
Carson’s communications director Doug Watts, and campaign manager Barry Bennett have officially left the Tea Party favorite. In a statement released Thursday, Watts said, “Barry Bennett and I have resigned from the Carson campaign effective immediately.”
“Having just announced raising $23 million for the fourth quarter, more than any other Republican candidate, and passing 1 million contributions and over 600,000 unique donors since March, we are proud of our efforts for Dr. Carson and we wish him and his campaign the best of luck.”
The news of Carson’s top aides quitting the campaign has come as a surprise, but not a total shock. Earlier in the month, Carson made it clear that there would be a major shake up to his campaign to better reflect his views. While Carson’s poll numbers have dropped over the last month, he still remains a legit candidate in the primary. According to Real Clear Politics rolling average of the most recent national polls, Carson is in fourth place, with 9.4 percent support from Republican primary voters.