Ben Carson will not campaign ahead of the New Hampshire primary, instead choosing to focus on South Carolina. He told Columbia, South Carolina’s The State:
New Hampshire tends to be a little more liberal state, and I am not really going to resonate with liberals very well, which is OK.
CNN initially reported that Carson would be leaving Iowa early and skipping both states to “take a break” at his home in Florida:
However, PBS NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins reported that he was merely leaving Iowa early and going home to grab more clothes after a storm:
While it’s unheard of to skip a state campaign to focus on a more friendly one (John Kasich has done this to Iowa since the beginning of the race), it’s fairly common for a candidate who finishes poorly in Iowa to drop out of the race.