A day after placing seventh among the GOP candidates with 4% of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, Carly Fiorina announced she's dropping out of the 2016 presidential race, the New York Times reports. "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," Fiorina said in a Facebook post Wednesday. Fiorina was polling near the top early in the race, especially after a strong performance on the main stage in the second Republican debate, according to CNN. But things went downhill after that, with Fiorina becoming the only major candidate to not qualify for the most recent debate and receiving only 2% of the vote in the Iowa primary.
The Times claims "party elders" became concerned Fiorina—who was fired as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard—would be seen as an "out-of-touch business leader" like Mitt Romney was four years ago. But CNN believes her "willingness to attack Clinton" could still make her a serious contender for vice president. Her Facebook post appears to contain a veiled reference to Clinton, asking women not to vote "for a certain candidate because you're a woman." Fiorina has now lost her only two bids for public office, having failed to unseat California's Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010. "I've said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet," Fiorina says in the Facebook post. "I'm not going to start now." (Read more Carly Fiorina stories.)