BREAKING: Carly Fiorina drops out of race, Chris Christie next

Republican primary winnowing continues, as Tuesday’s primary results spell the beginning of the end for two more Republican presidential hopefuls.

Carly Fiorina Facebook Photo

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2016 – In a prepared statement Wednesday afternoon, Carly Fiorina announced that she was suspending her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. According to CNBC, Fiorina made it official in a prepared statement that read in part:

“To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you,” she said. “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.”

Numerous wire reports coming out during the day also indicate that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is about to announce his departure from the race as well. He had indicated Tuesday evening that he’d be headed back home instead of flying to South Carolina, where the next major primary contest will be held.

Christie’s scathing attack on Marco Rubio clearly damaged the Florida senator’s chances to place or show in the Tuesday New Hampshire primary. But the governor’s aggressive tactics failed to boost him above also-ran status when the final primary votes were tallied.

Both stories continue to develop Wednesday afternoon. For those Republican hopefuls still standing, the next challenges will occur in Nevada and South Carolina, with the latter primary potentially holding a great deal of weight in the final outcome.

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Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17