Esteemed retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has been a surprisingly strong performer in the non-establishment friendly political climate from the very beginning of the presidential campaign.
Carson has been a top-tier candidate, usually in the top four or higher for the past several months, including a respectable fourth place finish in the Iowa Caucus on Monday.
But bad news came out of the Ben Carson campaign on Thursday, as it was announced a drastic step was being taken, a sign that the campaign may be nosediving.
The Carson campaign announced that it will cut more than 50 staff positions, significantly reduce salaries of those remaining, and slash costs like flying coach versus first class.
This is the second major announcement of cuts in Ben Carson’s campaign and follows reductions that were announced in late December.
The Washington Post reports that the Carson cuts are due to a decline in fundraising and WMUR recently reported that paid New Hampshire staff at a pro-Carson super PAC quit in order to volunteer for Cruz, calling him a “conservative who can win.”
Sam Pimm, a former head of a pro-Carson super PAC, recently left the Carson camp and is now supporting Ted Cruz. Pimm reportedly had raised over $4 million for Ben Carson.
Meanwhile, the Ted Cruz campaign announced that it has raised a whopping $3 million since the Iowa Caucus on Monday, and $10 million already in 2016.