After failing to gain ground on the rest of the GOP field in the New Hampshire primary, and facing exclusion from the next Republican debate on Feb. 13, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina ended her presidential campaign on Wednesday.
In a memo to campaign supporters, Fiorina said that, while she is bringing her campaign to an end, she "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 finished seventh in New Hampshire, capturing just over 4 percent of the vote. Under the state's delegate allocation rules, she did not pick up any delegates to the Republican convention.
Earlier on Wednesday, The New York Times reported that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would be ending his presidential campaign after finishing sixth in New Hampshire. The Times report, quoting people close to Christie, said: "He's done."
Fiorina, whose last run for political office was a failed 2010 Senate bid against California's Barbara Boxer, declared her candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination in a video last May. In it, she said "it's time for citizens to stand up to the political class and say enough," a theme she repeated throughout her campaign.
Fiorina made a splash in the first Republican debate in Cleveland, riding that strong performance from the undercard debate to the main stage by September's event at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.
Prior to that debate, Trump berated Fiorina's looks in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Given the opportunity to respond to Trump directly, she said: "I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said."
In her statement Wednesday, she reiterated her anti-establishment pitch, but also offered words of advice for young women, which took the form of a swing at Hillary Clinton.
"Do not let others define you," Fiorina said. "Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you're a woman. That is not feminism."