Carly Fiorina Suspends Presidential Run

Carly Fiorina has announced this afternoon that she is ending her run for the Republican nomination for President. The announcement came in announcement posted to the campaign’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and comes in the wake of yesterday’s New Hampshire primary, in which Fiorina finished seventh with roughly 4.1% of the vote. It also comes in the wake of the announcement of the criteria for the next Republican debate, scheduled for Saturday in South Carolina on CBS which is was clear Fiorina would not be able to meet. Fiorina had entered the race based largely on her argument that she was the best suited to challenge Hillary Clinton one-on-one, and while she did experience a brief rise in the polls in August in the wake of her performance in the first debate, her campaign never really took off after that and, slowly but surely, she saw her numbers slip in the polls.

Here’s the statement posted on Fiorina’s campaign Facebook page:

This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the…

Posted by Carly Fiorina on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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  1. Ron Beasley says:

    One of the few smart things Carly has ever done. She should buy a house in Belize and peacefully retire saving the rest of us from her vileness.

  2. gVOR08 says:

    I always thought Fiorina was in it for veep. She was trying to demonstrate she could be an attack dog as well as just balancing gender on the ticket. I thank her for departing the race and presumably sinking even further from public view. My wife thanks her for departing. Good taste thanks her for departing.

  3. KM says:

    This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected.

    “And I personally count amongst all these groups so you really should have voted for me because clearly I know how to deal with them. But since I can’t be as outrageous or rude as Trump without the “Not-Ladylike” card being tossed out, you won’t pick me as your Queen of the Loonies. Boo, you whores. Now I will go home and sulk but pretend it was my idea instead of being sent to the woodshed. Oh, citizenship FTW!! “

    I see Carly as wanting to be Regina from Mean Girls but is really Gretchen. Sorry Carly, the sweatpants don’t fit you anymore and you can’t sit at our table. Trump is truly the Regina George of our time…..

  4. al-Ameda says:

    She was a very weak candidate for the senate here in California, against a perpetually-thought-to-be-vulnerable-socialist Barbara Boxer – and she lost by over a million votes.

    The rest of the country was treated to her campaign skills. She’s cold and corporate (somewhat more acceptable for a man, but not so much for a woman), plus she had to defend her tenure as a CEO, which was a hard thing to do when you consider that she laid off over 30,000 workers, and burned over $20B in acquiring Compaq. Also, she was unable (like the rest of her GOP campaign colleagues) to resist a flat out lie on an important GOP talking point.

  5. bk says:

    C’est domage.

  6. Grumpy Realist says:

    I remember when I first heard that Carly was running for president saying something like: “why doesn’t she take up needlepoint instead?”

    Annnnd after looking at all the sound and fury and getting nowhere: yah, Carly. You should have taken up needlepoint instead. If anything, it would have been cheaper.