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Ben Carson goes home to ‘get a fresh set of clothes’

Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson, spoke during a campaign event in West Des Moines, Iowa. Chris Carlson/AP

As results poured in from the Iowa caucuses, Ben Carson’s campaign sought to clarify a rumor: The candidate was not, according to “false media reports,” suspending his campaign.

Instead, the retired neurosurgeon just needed to go home to get some clean laundry, according to a statement released Monday night from his communications director, Larry Ross.

“After spending 18 consecutive days on the campaign trail, Dr. Carson needs to go home and get a fresh set of clothes,” Ross in the statement.

Calling Carson’s campaign “stronger than ever,” Ross went on to say that the presidential hopeful was only leaving Des Moines tonight to avoid the snowstorm and will be back on the trail on Wednesday.

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Following news of the press release, people on Twitter immediately responded, asking whether Carson had heard of laundromats or dry cleaners before.

Read Carson’s statement below:

Contrary to false media reports, Dr. Ben Carson is not suspending his presidential campaign, which is stronger than ever. After spending 18 consecutive days on the campaign trail, Dr. Carson needs to go home and get a fresh set of clothes. He will be departing Des Moines later tonight to avoid the snow storm and will be back on the trail Wednesday. We look forward to tonight’s caucus results and to meaningful debates in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.