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DES MOINES, Iowa — Rep. Steve King is taking heat for what he posted on Twitter during the caucuses Monday night about Ben Carson.

King, the Cruz campaign’s national co-chair, retweeted CNN’s Chris Moody about Carson’s break from the campaign trail before New Hampshire’s primary.

“Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope,” King tweeted. In another tweet, the congressman said Carson’s next steps were “equivalent of suspending.”

CNN reports that Iowa staffer for the Cruz campaign, Spence Rogers, also suggested in an email to precinct captains that Carson may be announcing the end of his campaign next week.

Carson has criticized Cruz for the incident, saying the senator should fire the staffers responsible for the mistake. In a statement released early Tuesday directed at the Cruz campaign, he condemned the “lies and dirty tricks from opponents.”

He also tweeted, “Shameless tactics & dirty political plays defined yesterday’s #iacaucus. There is no place for this kind of behavior.”

King’s first response on social media came Tuesday afternoon.

“For months, my campaign has survived the lies and dirty tricks from opponents who profess to detest the games of the political class, but in reality are masters at it,” Carson said in a release. “Even tonight, my opponents resorted to political tricks by tweeting, texting and telling precinct captains to announce that I had suspended my campaign – in some cases asking caucus goers to change their votes.”