"I don't call that a loss, I mean, coming in second," he said. "A lot of people — a lot of governors and senators that came in way behind — would have liked to have come in second. That, I can tell you. So, I don't think you can really call that a loss, do you think?"
Mr. Carson said Cruz supporters told voters in some precincts that the retired neurosurgeon had quit the campaign and returned home to Florida.