She had once shot up into contender status but Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the results came in from New Hampshire, former tech executive Carly Fiorina announced she was suspending her campaign to be the Republican nominee for 2016. Fiorina, the only woman in the Republican campaign, made the announcement on Facebook promising her supporters that she is not going away.
"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," Fiorina wrote.
Promising to travel the country and speak up for those who find the status quo "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," she said.
Perhaps as a parting shot at Hillary Clinton and her allies like Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright, both of whom chastised women not backing Clinton, Fiorina had a special message for the young women of America.
"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," Fiorina said.
Meanwhile, as expected, Chris Christie decided to stay as leader of New Jersey for now. The governor of the Garden State bowed out of the race on a conference call with backers according to CNN.
The decision marks a sudden end for someone once seen as a potential front-runner. In the wake of the 2012 election, Christie appeared poised for a strong bid for the Republican nomination -- he won a second term as the Republican governor of a blue state and led the Republican Governors Association, giving him a perch to travel the nation fundraising for other Republicans and building his stature.
Christie finished in sixth place with 7% of the votes in New Hampshire's primary while Fiorina finished seventh with 4% of the vote. Ben Carson who finished in eighth place with 2% of the popular vote remains in the race and continues to campaign in South Carolina.
Perhaps even more surprisingly Jim Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia remains in the race. Gilmore received just 12 votes in Iowa and 133 in New Hampshire placing him behind Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, all of whom have left the race.