Posted: 7:39 pm Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
It wasn’t so long ago that there were widespread complaints about the size of the Republican race for President. Well, one caucus and one primary have whittled that group down to a very manageable size, as the GOP race heads into South Carolina.
The latest casualty was Carly Fiorina, who had originally vowed to soldier on after getting just over 4 percent of the vote in New Hampshire.
But by the next afternoon, she was telling supporters that her campaign was over.
“I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet,” Fiorina said in a statement sent to her backers.
“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 added.
Fiorina certainly had several opportunities to truly become a player in the GOP race – as she had several good debates – but her campaign just never clicked.
Along with Fiorina’s departure, Chris Christie was also moving to the sidelines after New Hampshire, as he told supporters, “I leave the race without an ounce of regret.”
The Christie decision means at this point the GOP field has been reduced to Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, Bush and Carson.
While Carson has actual events scheduled in coming days in South Carolina, there were rumblings on Wednesday about whether he would get out of the race soon – safe to say, Carson is not a central part of the GOP battle right now.
The final vote numbers were posted on Wednesday afternoon by elections officials in New Hampshire, and that allows one to figure out how many delegates were awarded to the GOP candidates.
Trump – 10
Kasich – 4
Cruz – 3
Bush – 3
Rubio – 3
So, when you look at it that way, it’s not as bad for Bush and Rubio, though they certainly would rather have finished in the money.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.