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Cruz Camp Left Iowa Voters Voice Mails Repeating Carson 'Suspending' Rumors

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In the first, the caller identified herself as being from the Cruz campaign looking to get in touch with a precinct captain.

"It has just been announced that Ben Carson is taking a leave of absence from the campaign trail," she said. "So it is very important that you tell any Ben Carson voters that for tonight, uh, that they not waste a vote on Ben Carson, and vote for Ted Cruz. He is taking a leave of absence from his campaign."

In the second, the caller said he was with the Cruz campaign and that he had "breaking news."

"Dr. Ben Carson will be ... suspending campaigning following tonight’s caucuses. Please inform any Carson caucusgoers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted instead," he said.

Cruz -- who scored a solid victory in Iowa -- was already in trouble for a mobile app message that went out on the night of the Iowa caucus telling recipients that Ben Carson "will stop campaigning after Iowa.”

Carson first vaguely referenced the tactic as "dirty tricks" Monday evening, then condemned the mobile message in particular Tuesday morning. Cruz apologized to Carson later that day.

In a response to Breitbart, Cruz campaign spokeswoman Catherine Frazier did not deny the authenticity of the voicemails and said they "are in line with the reports that were made at that time."

"Our campaign shared an accurate report that Carson was suspending campaigning after the caucuses – he went home and he went to D.C. – and these voicemails do not suggest that he would completely drop out of the race," she said.

She added that "it should surprise no one that Carson’s initial announcement he was taking time off the trail would be a news story. It is highly unusual for candidates to take time off the trail between the first voting states."