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Ben Carson to launch presidential bid on May 4

Dr. Ben Carson will launch his presidential campaign on May 4 in his hometown of Detroit, NBC News has confirmed.
Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Freedom Summit, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Freedom Summit, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Ben Carson will launch his presidential campaign on May 4 in his hometown of Detroit, NBC News has confirmed.

Carson, a former pediatric neurosurgeon who has never held elected office but has won acclaim from conservatives for his tough criticisms of the Obama administration, formed a presidential exploratory committee in early March.

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The Detroit News first reported the date of the announcement.

A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 41% of GOP primary voters said they could see themselves supporting Carson, while 18% said they could not imagine backing his campaign.

This article originally appeared on NBCNews.com.