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Carly Fiorina Suspends Campaign for President

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has bowed out of the race, she announced Wednesday.
Image: GOP Presidential Candidates Ben Carson And Carly Fiorina Attend BBQ In Iowa
WILTON, IA - NOVEMBER 22: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to guests at a barbeque hosted by Jeff Kauffman, chairman of the Republican party of Iowa, on November 22, 2015 in Wilton, Iowa. The event, which drew about 300 guests, was also attended by rival candidate Ben Carson. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Scott Olson / Getty Images

Former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina announced Wednesday she will suspend her campaign after disappointing showings in the two opening contests of the GOP presidential primary.

Fiorina finished with just four percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday after an equally tough showing in the Iowa caucuses. She originally told supporters her campaign would continue on, but her prospects in South Carolina, Nevada and beyond looked bleak.

“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 said in a statement.

Strong debate performances last fall helped Fiorina gain some traction. But as other candidates surged, she faded. Fiorina missed the cut to make the final GOP debate ahead of the New Hampshire primary.

Fiorina, the only woman in the Republican field, wrote on her Facebook page, “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.”