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On the day of the Iowa caucuses, the Ted Cruz campaign was spreading the rumor that rival Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson had dropped out of the race.

Now, the day after the caucuses, they are issuing an apology.

The Cruz campaign gave the following statement to CNN, in which they claim this was all just a misunderstand.

Last night when our political team saw the CNN post saying Dr. Carson was not carrying on to New Hampshire and South Carolina, our campaign updated the grassroots leaders just as we would with any breaking news story. That’s fair game.

What the team should have done is send around the follow-up statement from the Carson campaign clarifying that he was indeed staying in the race when that came out.

That was a mistake from our end, and for that I apologize to Dr. Carson.

On Tuesday morning, Ben Carson called out Cruz for his tactics, saying the rumor spreading was a “dirty trick,” and MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski chewed out Cruz spokesman Rick Taylor. Afterwards, the apology was issued… but only after Cruz had been declared the winner in Iowa.

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