Two Republican candidates suspend campaign

And then there were seven: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and HP exec Carly Fiorina drop out of Republican race.

Ben Ariel ,

Chris Christie
Chris Christie
Reuters

Two Republican presidential candidates announced on Wednesday they would be suspending their campaigns, a day after the New Hampshire primaries which were won by Donald Trump.

The first candidate to do so was former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina, who announced the decision on Facebook after finishing seventh in New Hampshire's primary.

"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," Fiorina said in a post, according to CNN.

The network noted that the writing was on the wall for Fiornia, who did not qualify for last week's ABC News debate, and a last-minute campaign on her behalf to allow her in was unsuccessful.

The 2016 race was Fiorina's second bid for political office. She previously for California's Senate seat in 2010, but lost by 10 percentage points to incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.

Fiorina was followed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who suspended his campaign after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire.

Christie made the announcement on a call with his campaign, according to CNN. He staked his hopes on New Hampshire, but finished sixth on Tuesday night with just 7% of the vote.

Christie, who is a supporter of Israel, visited the Jewish state in 2012 for a four-day trip intended to “strengthen New Jersey’s economic and diplomatic relationships with foreign nations.”

The Republican presidential race now includes seven candidates: Trump, Ohio Governor John Kasich who finished second in New Hampshire, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.




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