New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former business chief executive Carly Fiorina have dropped their campaigns for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday.
Christie pulled out from the campaign, a day after the New Hampshire primary, where he finished sixth-place raising doubts about his credibility as a candidate, a senior assistant told Reuters on Wednesday.
Former Hewlett Packard executive Carly Fiorina also announced her exit in a Facebook post saying she would suspend her campaign.
Donald Trump’s remaining mainstream Republican opponents will likely take advantage from the departures, with only seven Republicans remaining from a field which had 17 candidates to begin with.
Despite a combative performance at a Republican debate last weekend, Christie only won around 7 percent of votes on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary, into which he had poured much of his campaign’s resources.
Sweeping wins by Trump, a New York billionaire, and Sanders, a democratic socialist, on Tuesday testified to the sizable share of American voters upset at US economic conditions and willing to send a shockwave to Washington in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
The New Hampshire results set up a tough fight for Republicans in South Carolina on Feb. 20 as well as for Democrats on Feb. 27. Some of the most monumental campaign battles in past elections have been fought in the state, which holds the first primary election of the American South.
For Trump New Hampshire showed he has staying power and can take a punch after losing on Feb. 1 to Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the first contest - the Iowa caucuses. His win showed pundits were wrong to think he would ultimately self-destruct based on his penchant for insults and imprecise plans for the presidency.