After Chris Christie dropped out earlier today, I thought the rest of the field would remain intact for South Carolina. I’ve been proven wrong now that Carly Fiorina has also announced she is exiting the race and will not compete any further for the Republican nomination.
Report from Fox61:
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has announced that she is stepping out of the race after a poor performance in the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire 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,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
Fiorina placed seventh in the New Hampshire primary on Wednesday night with just 4 percent of the vote, only coming ahead of Ben Carson who came away with 2 percent. She also tied for seventh place in the Iowa caucus last week, getting just 2 percent of the vote.
That’s two knocked out after New Hampshire. Ironically enough, Ben Carson is still competing in South Carolina despite a worse showing in the Granite state primary than Christie or Fiorina.
Between the Christie and Fiorina, there might have been 5 to 7 points for the rest of the field to absorb. I’d imagine their supporters will spread pretty evenly around the board.