As soon as the Iowa caucuses ended Monday night, most presidential candidates hopped on the earliest flight to New Hampshire or South Carolina to continue campaigning.
Republican candidate Ben Carson, though, headed to his home in Florida.
Was he calling it quits in the race? Not quite, his spokesman said.
“Contrary to false media reports, Dr. Ben Carson is not suspending his presidential campaign, which is stronger than ever,’’ said Larry Ross, a spokesman for Carson. “After spending 18 consecutive days on the campaign trail, Dr. Carson needs to go home and get a fresh set of clothes.’’
His lack of clean clothes was a strange explanation for skipping out on valuable campaign time, CNN’s Anderson Cooper noted on Monday night.
“Frankly, I’ve been wearing this suit for four days,’’ Cooper said.
Carson, who in November led all Republican candidates in Iowa polls, finished a disappointing fourth in the state’s caucus on Monday.
Even after he restocks his outfits, Carson won’t head to New Hampshire for several days. He plans to head to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, the same event that launched him from acclaimed doctor to conservative hero in 2013 when he made a speech harshly critical of President Obama.
Carson will then go to North Carolina for a fundraiser, CNN reports. He’s scheduled to be in New Hampshire for Saturday’s GOP debate in Manchester.