Nobody knew who
was going to drop out of the race, but we did know when
some were likely to exit — the day after the New Hampshire primary.
And that's what happened, as both Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie announced today that they were departing the race.
Fiorina, the Hewlett-Packard CEO, issued a statement saying that she is ending her campaign
"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 written statement posted on Facebook
Fiorina had earned just over 4 percent of the votes in NH and zero delegates.
Earlier in the primary season, she had shown promise after doing well in the second Republican debate. Despite deliberate untruths, her poll numbers climbed to second
after she espoused a hawkish approach to foreign policy, falsely described heavily doctored anti-Planned Parenthood videos, and took on Donald Trump after sexist comments about her appearance.
Back in December, Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball, told us
New Hampshire was a must for Fiorina, but no dice.
The key primary also would have been a boon to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who spent time appealing to New Hampshire's moderate voters.
Christie, too, announced he is suspending his campaign
He finished in sixth place with 7 percent of the vote.
On the GOP side, that leaves Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, surgeon Ben Carson, and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.