Who Will Carly Fiorina Endorse? It Could Be Anyone, Really
After earning just 4 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, Carly Fiorina suspended her campaign late Wednesday afternoon, issuing a statement via her official Facebook page. Now that she's out, everyone is curious to know who Carly Fiorina will endorse out of the remaining Republican candidates. The former Hewlett Packard CEO hasn't announced yet who she's planning on standing behind for the remainder of the race, but her statement to supporters hinted that she would be looking to back a strong candidate with intrinsic leadership qualities.
"Republicans must stand for conservative principles that lift people up and recognize all Americans have the right to fulfill their God-given potential," Fiorina stated in her post. She also cautioned young women against voting "a certain way" or for "a certain candidate" simply because that unnamed candidate was also a woman, indirectly calling out Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Instead, she advised women to vote for someone who will lead the Republican party, get "rid of crony capitalism," and change the ways of what she called America's "bloated, inept government." With all of those qualifications, and such vague descriptors, it's hard to guess which among the remaining GOP candidates Fiorina would really support. For now, it's probably a toss up between Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, or possibly even Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. All of them seem to represent at least one or two of the stances she urged supporters to get behind.
Today, I am suspending my campaign. My full statement is here: https://t.co/8QElLZoc1W— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) February 10, 2016
Trump, for one thing, is out of the picture. Fiorina and the business mogul have been at odds for the entire campaign, so it's hard to see her getting behind the real estate mogul and billionaire even though he won the New Hampshire primary with 33 percent of the vote.
The former HP CEO did mention God and conservative principles when she in her drop out statement, and while it remains to be seen what she means by that, it could mean her support will go to the far right. Currently, Cruz is leading with evangelical voters and is an opponent of Planned Parenthood — in line with some things Fiorina has said in previous debates.
Fiorina could also likely throw her weight behind one of the more moderate campaigns as well, although it's less likely. In that case, an endorsement for Bush, Rubio, or even Kasich could be a possibilty. While both Kasich and Bush have been left out of the spotlight until performing pretty well in New Hampshire this week, they're headed to South Carolina with new momentum, following higher than expected numbers in the Granite State.
Whoever she gets behind will likely benefit from her endorsement. We just have to wait to find out who that is.