Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson will return home to Florida after the Iowa caucuses on Monday, February 1.

However, as Carson’s campaign told The Hill, this travel decision should not be interpreted as a sign of defeat. The campaign “confirmed...that he’ll stay in the race regardless of his performance in the first-in-the-nation caucus.”

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Jason Osborne, a spokesperson for the Carson campaign, tweeted that the candidate’s decision was largely based on the weather. There is currently a blizzard warning for the Des Moines area on Tuesday so, you know, precautions are necessary, as is clean underwear.

According to The Hill, “most presidential candidates will head to New Hampshire and South Carolina after Iowa,” but “Carson might speak at his Iowa victory party before results are calculated and take a flight home to rest for a few days.”

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Once ahead of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Carson has since fallen out of favor. His campaign manager and communications director have also stepped down — but everything is going just dandy, really. He currently occupies fourth place in the Iowa polls.


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