In the wake of the New Hampshire primary, a couple more GOP presidential contenders have decided to call it quits. On Wednesday, news broke that both Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) and former HP executive Carly Fiorina would be suspending their campaigns for the White House.
After disappointing showings in both Iowa and New Hampshire, the two center-right Republican candidates have decided not to continue what have become Quixotic campaign for the GOP nomination.
In Iowa, both candidates garnered just over 3,000 votes each (about 2% of the vote), with Fiorina finishing 7th and Christie finishing in 10th place among the candidates. Then,in New Hampshire, the two again finished near the bottom of the field with Christie gaining about 7% and Fiorina at 4% with only Dr. Ben Carson finishing behind them (and Jim Gilmore – but no one is counting him anymore).
With Christie and Fiorina exiting the race, this leaves the GOP with 6 “viable” candidates: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Dr. Ben Carson. However, in reality, the only three candidates that seem to have a real shot at winning the nomination are Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, as these are the only three candidates polling in double-digits nationally (with Trump at 30%, Cruz at 21%, and Rubio at 18%).
The next step for GOP voters (particularly Christie/Fiorina voters) is to decide which of these three men is the best candidate to lead our nation forward.
Here is what Carly Fiorina had to say, as she announced the end of her presidential bid.
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. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now. 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.
Our Republican Party must fight alongside these Americans as well. We must end crony capitalism by fighting the policies that allow it to flourish. We must fix our festering problems by holding our bloated, inept government bureaucracy accountable. Republicans must stand for conservative principles that lift people up and recognize all Americans have the right to fulfill their God-given potential.
To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.
As I have said to the many wonderful Americans I have met throughout this campaign, a leader is a servant whose highest calling is to unlock potential in others. I will continue to serve in order to restore citizen government to this great nation so that together we may fulfill our potential.
This is what Chris Christie had to say, as he bowed out of the race.
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. And while running for president I tried to reinforce what I have always believed – that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation. That message was heard by and stood for by a lot of people, but just not enough and that’s ok. 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. That is both the magic and the mystery of politics – you never quite know when which is going to happen, even when you think you do. And so today, I leave the race without an ounce of regret. I’m so proud of the campaign we ran, the people that ran it with me and all those who gave us their support and confidence along the way. Mary Pat and I thank you for the extraordinary display of loyalty, friendship, understanding and love.
Also, don’t be surprised if Dr. Carson joins the chorus of the departed this week. Apparently, he’s been holding high level meetings with prominent social conservatives, and it sounds like his run could be drawing to a close.
What about Ben Carson? I am told he is having private meetings with a number of prominent social conservatives. It sounds like Carson is in the process of winding down his campaign and everyone is pursuing him for an endorsement.
It will probably come soon.
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