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Christie and Fiorina Quit Race

A spokeswoman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign for president says he is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination and former Helwlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina also announced she is dropping out of the 2016 Republican presidential race.

Christie’s decision to exit the race comes a day after his disappointing sixth-place finish in New Hampshire.

Campaign spokeswoman Samantha Smith says Christie broke the news of his decision to staff at his campaign headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey, late Wednesday afternoon.

Christie is also calling donors and supporters to give them the news.

Fiorina announced on Twitter that she is suspending her campaign.

The 61-year-old drew positive reviews for several strong debate performances, in which she promoted her business expertise and argued that as the lone woman in the Republican field she was best positioned to oppose likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But she struggled to build support in a crowded primary field and her poll numbers lagged.

Fiorina announced her candidacy in April. She previously ran unsuccessfully for Senate in California.

Fiorina struggled with criticism of her time at Hewlett-Packard, where she was ousted from the top job in 2005, after leading a major merger and laying off 30,000 people.

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