Ben Carson's Campaign Announces He's Traveling 'Home' for 'Fresh Clothes' Amid Iowa Caucuses

PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at a campaign event at Fireside Pub and Steak House on Jan. 31, 2016 in Manchester, Iowa.PlayBrendan Hoffman/Getty Images
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Ben Carson’s presidential campaign on Monday night insisted the Republican presidential candidate would not be suspending his campaign in the wake of the Iowa caucuses. Instead, the candidate, himself, told reporters that he would be “going home” to Florida “to get some fresh clothes.”

Carson, who appeared to be running in a distant fourth in Iowa behind leading contenders Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, said he would be home for just “ten or twelve hours.”

Soon after, Carson’s communications director, Larry Ross, put out a statement declaring that the former neurosurgeon turned presidential hopeful was not “suspending his presidential campaign.”

“After spending 18 consecutive days on the campaign trail, Dr. Carson needs to go home and get a fresh set of clothes,” Ross said. “He will be departing Des Moines later tonight to avoid the snow storm and will be back on the trail Wednesday. We look forward to tonight's caucus results and to meaningful debates in New Hampshire and South Carolina.”