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Ben Carson for President
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Campaign U.S. presidential election, 2016
Candidate Ben Carson
Affiliation Republican Party
Status Announced May 3, 2015
Suspended March 4, 2016
Headquarters 1800 Diagonal Rd., Ste. 140
Alexandria, Virginia
Key people Barry Bennet (Campaign Manager)
Ed Brookover (Senior Strategist)
Doug Watts (Communications Director)
Deana Bass (Press Secretary)
Amy Pass (National Finance Director)
Michael Brown (National Political Director)
Don Green (Head Researcher)
Receipts US$10,642,242 (2015-06-30)
Slogan " Heal + Inspire + Revive "

The 2016 presidential campaign of Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon and bestselling author, was announced May 3, 2015 in an interview with a local television station in Cincinnati, Ohio. He formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 Presidential election at a rally in his hometown of Detroit on May 4, 2015.

On March 4, 2016, Carson suspended his presidential campaign.


He was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and tied for seventh place in the Washington Times/CPAC 2013 Straw Poll with 4% of the 3,000 ballots cast.

In the 2014 CPAC straw poll, he came in third place with 9% of the vote, behind senators Ted Cruz of Texas (with 11%) and Rand Paul of Kentucky (31%). In the 2015 CPAC poll, Carson came in fourth behind Paul, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, and Cruz with 11.4%.


In an interview with a local television station in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 3, 2015, Carson officially announced his candidacy for President of the United States. He held a rally in Detroit, his hometown, on May 4, 2015 as the launch of his campaign. At the event, he announced his campaign team which included his Campaign manager, Barry Bennett.

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