Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, left, looks on as John Kasich speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Carly Fiorina is Done

The combined percentages of Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, and Rick Santorum were still less than the percentage captured by Marco Rubio individually, Ted Cruz individually, and Donald Trump individually. In fact, the combined percentages of those candidates amounts to sixteen percentage and adding Ben Carson gets them collectively to 25% — still less than Ted Cruz.

Of those candidates last night, Rand Paul and Jeb Bush both picked up one delegate each, but Fiorina, Kasich, Huckabee, Christie, and Santorum got exactly zero. Fiorina got ten more votes than Kasich but still no delegates.

Looking ahead to New Hampshire, Huckabee is dropping out. Rick Santorum should be close behind him. Of those still in with zero delegates, that leaves Christie, Fiorina, and Kasich.

In the polling averages, Fiorina is three points behind Christie, seven points behind Bush, and eight points behind Kasich. Sure, the polling is badly flawed this year, but only toward the top of tier of candidates.

The polling actually reflected the order of the lower tier candidates in Iowa pretty precisely.

That means Fiorina has no shot in New Hampshire. She is low on money, ABC News has canceled the undercard debate, and she has had a terrible time getting any exposure off the debate stage.

Whether she wants to admit it or not, Carly Fiorina is done. But she could still be useful to one of the other candidates if she endorses and begins serving as a surrogate. That usefulness, however, fades the worse she does over time.

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