New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, announced their withdrawal from the presidential candidacy on Wednesday.
Running in an often crowded Republican race that at one time had 16 contenders; neither candidate succeeded in capturing the necessary votes to survive the New Hampshire primary. Christie’s seven percent and Fiorina’s four percent of the votes were in sharp contrast to the 35 percent Donald Trump received to win New Hampshire.
Christie, once a darling of the Republican Party ran a campaign overshadowed by the George Washington Bridge scandal that resulted in indictments of high ranking officials in administration.
“I ran for president with the message that the government needs to once again work for the people, not the people work for the government,” Christie said through a statement posted on Facebook.
“I have both won elections that I was supposed to lose and I’ve lost elections I was supposed to win and what that means is you never know what will happen…And so today, I leave the race without an ounce of regret,” he said.
Fiorina launched her candidacy via social media in 2015, and she portrayed herself as the conservative answer to Hilary Clinton. Despite scoring well in debates, she was unable to participate in the last debate before the New Hampshire primary, which may have hurt her campaign. Ending her run for the White House the same way she started it, Fiorina took to Facebook announcing the suspension of her campaign.
“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. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes…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,” she said.
Despite formerly leading a major tech company world, Fiorina lacked campaign contributions and the political and foreign policy experience needed to bolster her run for presidency.
Since the primaries started in Feb. 1, three more candidates have withdrawn from the Republican Party Presidential elections including Rick Santorum, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee.
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