MANCHESTER, N.H. — After the Iowa caucuses, Dr. Ben Carson will go home to Florida for 24 hours to grab some “fresh clothes,” he told reporters Monday night – but don’t read into it.
The campaign told NBC News that Carson plans to speak at Wednesday’s National Prayer Breakfast – the event that put him on the political map just three years ago – before heading to New Hampshire for Thursday’s debate. His team could not say how many events, if any, the candidate will do while there.
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The Granite State doesn’t appear to be a high priority for Carson, a deeply religious social conservative who has focused on the early states with strong evangelical voting blocks, Iowa and South Carolina. He’s spent just 13 days in New Hampshire so far, according to p2016.org. That is the same number of days Gov. Scott Walker spent in the state, when he ran for president for just three months this summer.
Carson’s campaign rushed to downplay the importance of a trip home.
“Dr. Ben Carson is not suspending his presidential campaign, which is stronger than ever,” a statement sent out to reporters read. ”After spending 18 consecutive days on the campaign trail, Dr. Carson needs to go home and get a fresh set of clothes.”
In the polls, however, the campaign isn’t as strong as ever.
After peaking in November, his numbers have been plummeting. He went into caucus night in fourth place in Iowa, though the campaign emphasized polling that signaled many voters could be swayed in the final hours of the race.
The race is still “too close to call,” according to NBC News, but early reporting numbers from the election don’t contradict the predictive polling.
This story originally appeared on MSNBC.com