GOP operatives to pitch Ben Carson on Florida Senate run

Story highlights

  • Ben Carson says he isn't going anywhere based on what happens Tuesday night
  • Carson's religious faith is propelling his candidacy onward

(CNN)GOP operatives told CNN early Wednesday morning that they'll push Ben Carson to drop out of the Republican presidential race, and instead run for a U.S. Senate seat from Florida.

It's unclear how receptive the retired neurosurgeon will be to their pleas. Carson did not appear to be going anywhere as Tuesday night drew to a close.
Sen. Marco Rubio, who's seat is up, has said he will not seek re-election.
    Carson continues to show no signs of getting out of the race.
    "Millions of Americans plead with me to continue," he said in a statement Tuesday night. "They want to have a choice and a representative voice to ensure people of faith are not marginalized and that integrity is restored to leadership, with a focus on common sense solutions to the myriad problems we face as a nation. They know I am a citizen candidate, not a politician, who won't do what is expedient, but what is right."
    "As long we continue to receive their support, and the Lord keeps opening doors, I will remain in this presidential race," he added.
    Earlier Tuesday, Carson looked at CNN's most recent poll showing him at 10% and essentially said God answers prayers, CNN has learned.
    For him, it was a sign that he should stay in the race -- even if he gets zero delegates, which seems likely. His top aides, including Armstrong Williams and Bob Dees, say he has no path to the nomination.