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Carson 'Leaving the Campaign Trail'

Carson skipped Thursday's Republican debate in Detroit. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Carson Signals He'll End GOP White House Bid

Carson's way behind in Republican primary and caucus balloting and has grown weary of the bitter political campaign. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

White House hopeful Ben Carson dropped out of Thursday's GOP debate and signaled that he is unlikely to remain in the Republican presidential fight much longer.  

“I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results,” the one-time tea party favorite said in a statement after logging another series of near-last place finishes. “However, this grassroots movement on behalf of ‘We the People’ will continue.”  

What We Learned From Super Tuesday

Clinton is a big Super Tuesday winner. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Have his Super Tuesday wins propelled Donald Trump toward the Republican presidential nomination or have strong showings outside his home state of Texas renewed the campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz? What do some disappointing results, despite high-profile endorsements and tough attacks on the front-runner, mean for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio? Will Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders soldier on, buoyed by a few wins and close contests, though Hillary Clinton is looking inevitable?  

Roll Call asked political analysts and strategists to weigh in:  

Trump, Clinton Tighten Grip on Nominations

Trump won seven of the 11 states being contested on Super Tuesday. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton put more distance between themselves and their rivals on Super Tuesday, with both front-runners winning seven of the 11 states holding elections or caucuses.  

"This has been an amazing evening," Trump declared at his exclusive Mar-al-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., and said he was expanding the Republican Party's base.   Already taking aim at Trump, Clinton repeated what has become a mantra as of late. "America never stopped being great," she said, jabbing at Trump's "Make America Great Again," slogan. "We have to make America whole. We have to fill in what's been hollowed out," she added.  

What We Learned From Thursday's Debate

   

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio went after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in Thursday's debate and gave his strongest performance to date five days ahead of the Super Tuesday primaries.  

Will GOP Debate Slow Trump on the Way to Super Tuesday?

Ahead of Super Tuesday, Republican strategists said Thursday's GOP debate on CNN is an opportunity to take aim at the party's front-runner, Donald Trump. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans opposed to the rise of businessman Donald Trump said Thursday night’s GOP debate should be used as a moment for his remaining opponents to slow his political momentum.  

Rather than attack each other during the debate — which airs from Houston on CNN at 7:30 p.m. CDT — strategists said Trump's four rivals should focus their charges squarely on him.  “Start making this significantly less fun for him than it is right now. If it’s not fun for him, he’ll perform worse,” said Liz Mair, a Republican strategist leading an anti-Trump super PAC.  

Maryland Republican Gives Carson His First Congressional Endorsement

Carson received his first endorsement from a member of Congress just days before the South Carolina primary. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After weak finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson got some good news: His first congressional endorsement.  

GOP Maryland Rep. Andy Harris joined Carson on the campaign trail in South Carolina on Wednesday, just a few days before the state's presidential primary. “Americans want an outsider. As difficult as that is for a politician to say, people don’t want a politician,” Harris told Roll Call by phone, outside a Carson event in Columbia ahead of Saturday's primary.  

What We Learned From New Hampshire

Trump passed a big test in New Hampshire but he'll face a bigger one in South Carolina. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and Sen. Bernard Sanders scored big wins in New Hampshire but the campaign for each party's nomination turns south and west, where the real race begins, according to political analysts and strategists Roll Call asked to analyze the Tuesday’s results.  

Here are their takes on what happened on Tuesday and what will happen next in South Carolina and Nevada:  

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the New Hampshire Primary?

Attendees take a selfie before a before Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Manchester, N.H., on Monday. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

You've been following the New Hampshire primary for the 2016 presidential election pretty closely. But have you been following closely enough?  

Going Full Grassley on the Iowa Caucuses

Kasich, left, and Grassley address a rally at the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

WATERLOO, Iowa — Republican candidates learn a lot on the trail when they're competing in Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Along with the sanctity of ethanol and the primacy of pork products, they eventually grasp this is Sen. Charles E. Grassley's state. When you run for president here, at some point, Iowa's senior senator will appear alongside you, and everyone knows who he is.  

"I didn't know Grassley was going to show up," said Bill Davidson, a bartender at The Supervisors Club, where the senator was introducing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Davidson sounded impressed, as if the event, being repeated over and over throughout the state in the run-up to Monday's caucuses, had been elevated.