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Carson swipes at GOP over convention talk

Carson swipes at GOP over convention talk

Ben Carson, the retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon who is running for president, threatened to leave the Republican Party on Friday over a spat about next year's convention — the latest indication of how a splintered electorate is complicating the party's ability to unite behind a nominee.

The former Baltimore County resident, who registered as an independent when he lived in Maryland, reacted angrily to reports that senior party officials were preparing for a floor fight at the July convention in Cleveland if billionaire Donald Trump maintains his front-runner status next year.

Establishment figures and donors in the Republican Party have for months expressed concern...