News that two top aides to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson are resigning less than five weeks before the Iowa caucuses — which could make or break the retired neurosurgeon’s bid — is a clear sign his struggling campaign is in a “nosedive,” an analyst says.
“Campaign shake-ups are nothing new, but when your candidate is depending on winning Iowa and you’re one month out from the caucuses, this is not a good sign for him,” Republican strategist Ford O’Connell told the Herald. “Right now, they’re willing to do anything to stop the bleeding that is going on in the polls. This may make some difference, but I have a feeling that Carson is on a nosedive that there’s no recovery from.”
In a statement, Carson’s campaign described the staff changes as “enhancements” that “will shift the campaign into higher gear” — though O’Connell said he doubts that will be the case.