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Carson expected to discuss future at CPAC; Trump won't attend conference

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump says he won't come to Maryland for CPAC.

Ben Carson, who said Wednesday he saw no "political path forward" for his stalled campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, is scheduled to appear Friday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Prince George's County.

The retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon is expected to discuss his future in an afternoon address before the group. Carson did not take part in Thursday's presidential debate in his native Detroit. And while he did formally suspend his candidacy, his statement Wednesday was seen as effectively ending his bid.

Meanwhile, GOP contender Donald Trump said Friday he would not attend CPAC, according to the group's Twitter account. Trump had been scheduled to speak Saturday morning at the gathering of conservative activists, but his campaign said in a statement he will hold a rally on Saturday in Kansas, followed by one in Orlando.

The American Conservative Union, which holds the conference, wrote: "Very disappointed [Trump] decided at the last minute to drop out of CPAC -- his choice sends a clear message to conservatives."

All other remaining Republican presidential contenders are still slated to attend CPAC.

--John Fritze and The Associated Press

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