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.