Carly Fiorina, the only female representative of the Republican Party announced on Wednesday her decision to suspend her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination for the November 8th elections.
The former chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard announced her decisions on social media after poor results in the New Hampshire and Iowa caucus.
Fiorina, 61 years old, struggled to gain popularity and move a few steps up in the broad Republican pack for several months but after finishing in 7th place in the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary and the equally disappointing results from Iowa nominating contests the business woman who once presenting herself as the Republican answer to Hillary Clinton decided to step down.
“While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them,” Fiorina wrote in a statement released Wednesday.
Fiorina’s campaign delivered two strong debate performances last fall. In the undercard round of the first GOP debate of the season, she won enough support to propel her onto the main stage for September’s CNN-sponsored debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in California. Her debate performance caught the attention of social conservatives with attacks on Planned Parenthood and abortion.
But she missed the cut for last Saturday’s Republican debate, even though she firstly tried to participate arguing she won more votes in Iowa than Senator Rand Paul, who had been invited but dropped out after Iowa.
Fiorina managed to survive over several republican rivals including former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and ex-senator Rick Santorum, but she could not get enough support from Republican ranks or independents to be a viable contender going forward.
New Jersey governor Christie also dropped out of the race on Wednesday after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary saying he didn’t have an ounce of regret and leaving six Republicans still in the race lead by businessman Mr. Donald Trump.
Source: ABC News