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In Fundraising Email, Carson Calls On Cruz To Punish Staffers

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Cruz was already under fire for an email from the campaign urging Cruz representatives to tell voters that Carson would be dropping out. Carson has accused Cruz of using "dirty tricks" to secure a victory in the Iowa caucus.

The Texas senator has apologized to Carson, but he has maintained that his staffers were simply "passing on news reports." Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said on Thursday that the voicemails lefts by Cruz staffers "are in line with the reports that were made at that time." And Cruz himself has said he will not be "scapegoating staff members."