Ben Carson is staying in the race for the Republican nomination even though his campaign admits that it's not clear at all that Carson has a viable path to victory, and they don't have a plan to win.
"Well, we clearly don't know. We don't have a well defined path to victory," Carson campaign chairman Bob Dees told the Washington Examiner Tuesday in an interview. "But we think the opportunity still exists for people to wake up and that's what we're hoping."
"Thomas Jefferson talked about that. He said that democracy depends on well-informed voters," Dees continued. "He also said that he thought America would go down this path and the people would be manipulated [but] just before it was too late, people would wake up and regain their senses and start doing the right thing. We are hopeful that that occurs, and that along the way, people start doing the right thing."
Those comments came only hours after Carson appeared on multiple morning shows and declared that he is staying in the race no matter the results on Super Tuesday, when 11 states and 595 delegates are up for grabs on the Republican side.
There is already speculation that Carson will drop after Tuesday voting. Carson's longtime aide, Armstrong Williams, told the Washington Post last week that "the voters have spoken pretty clearly" in the early voting states and that Carson will need to make a decision about his campaign "sooner rather than later."
Earlier in the day, Carson told the "Morning Joe" crew that he has received pressure from some within the GOP to drop out. Dees expanded on that revelation, and said that multiple donors to various super political action committees have "pressured" him into giving up his presidential bid.
"That's been very tangible. It's been several ... two groups of billionaire types of folks that have pressured him," Dees explained. "People that drive super PAC activity and other endeavors and, in fact, there was even discussion of a, well, we can help with the Florida [U.S.] Senate seat if he'll just agree to do what we'd like you to do or support our guy, drop out, etc."
"As you know ... requests like that to subvert the system really galvanize him further and really substantiate the premise of which he's in this race to start with," Dees added, pointing to need to change political accountability so democracy works properly.
Carson currently sits last in the GOP field in delegates with four. Donald Trump continues to lead the delegate count with 82, while Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio sit just behind with 17 and 16 delegates each. Ohio Gov. John Kasich also has six delegates.