GOP Candidate Making MAJOR Accusations of ‘Dirty Tricks’ Against Ted Cruz Campaign

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by Brian Hayes

A major accusation of foul play is roiling the Republican presidential race Tuesday morning, as Dr. Ben Carson accused the Cruz camp of “dirty tricks” in the Iowa Caucuses on Monday. 

The Carson camp claimed Cruz’s team spread false rumors at caucus sites that Carson had dropped out.

Carson said the Cruz camp told voters Carson was dropping out, and not to “waste your vote” and support Ted Cruz instead.

The Cruz camp denied the claim, but then various campaign volunteers started posting tweets and emails to the internet.

The Cruz camp sent this out at 7:01 PM.

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Fortune reported:

The Carson camp claimed Cruz’s team spread false rumors at caucus sites that Carson had dropped out.

Ben Carson was incensed as the results of Monday night’s Iowa caucuses rolled in, accusing the winner of spreading falsehoods about him at caucus sites.

Carson’s team claimed that Cruz’s campaign deliberately sent emails to supporters to spread false rumors at caucus sites that Carson had dropped out, so his supporters would caucus for other candidates.

“That is really quite a dirty trick,” Carson said speaking to reporters at the end of the evening. “That’s the very kind of thing that irritated me enough to get into this quagmire.”

“To have campaigns come out and send emails to their caucus speakers suggesting that Dr. Carson was doing anything but moving forward after tonight is the lowest of low in American politics,” said Carson campaign manager Ed Brookover.

UPDATE: Pro-Cruz blog said the Cruz Campaign denied the charge, but then emails began to be posted as well:

This was a rumor reported early in the day, well before noon, which CNN said “came from another campaign,”

Carson’s camp immediately denied it. However, there is evidence the Cruz people took the false story to the caucus sites and presented it to participants as if it was factual.

UPDATE: Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Cruz’ chief surrogate in Iowa, who appeared with Cruz onstage for his victory speech, tweeted this out during the caucuses last night:

Carson placed a distant 4th tonight in Iowa with 8.9% of the votes, about 4% lower than his position in the last Des Moines Register poll.

Dr. Carson appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to discuss the accusations:

UPDATE: Gateway Pundit is reporting another possible “dirty trick” alleged about the Cruz campaign, this time regarding Trump:

The Cruz camp also openly smeared Donald Trump at the caucuses tonight.

Six months ago, Trump was already in the race, and had positions against gay marriage and in favor of pro-life, as well as what is considered the toughest anti-amnesty plank among all candidates.

Developing story…we will update as the Cruz and Trump camps comment…


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