Republicans Christie, Fiorina to quit White House bids

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WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former business executive Carly Fiorina are ending their campaigns for the 2016 Republican nomination, narrowing the field of rivals facing businessman Donald Trump for the right to compete in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

A senior aide confirmed to Reuters on Wednesday that Christie would pull out, a day after the combative Republican's sixth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary raised doubts about his viability as a candidate.

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Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, said in a Facebook post on Wednesday she would suspend her campaign. The only woman in the Republican field placed seventh in New Hampshire.

Trump's remaining opponents, most of them mainstream Republicans, will likely benefit from their departures, which leave seven Republicans from a field that once had 17 candidates.

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Jim Webb: Dropped out in September after pursuing the Democratic party nomination

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Rick Perry: Dropped out in September after pursuing the Republican party nomination

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Lincoln Chafee: Dropped out in October after pursuing the Democratic party nomination

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Lawrence Lessig: Dropped out in November after pursuing the Democratic party nomination

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Bobby Jindal: Dropped out in November after pursuing the Republican party nomination

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Lindsey Graham: Dropped out in December after pursuing the Republican party nomination​

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George Pataki: Dropped out in December after pursuing the Republican party nomination

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Mike Huckabee: Dropped out in February after pursuing the Republican party nomination​

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Rand Paul: Dropped out in February after pursuing the Republican party nomination​

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Martin O'Malley: Dropped out in February after pursuing the Democratic party nomination.

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Rick Santorum: Dropped out in February after pursuing the Republican party nomination​

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Carly Fiorina: Dropped out in February after pursuing the Republican party nomination

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Chris Christie: Dropped out in February after pursuing the Republican party nomination

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Christie had poured much of his campaign's resources into New Hampshire and had considered a good showing there critical. He won only about 7 percent of votes on Tuesday, despite a pugnacious performance at a Republican debate last weekend.

Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul and former reality TV star, has dominated the Republican race and easily won the party primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday on a wave of voter anger at traditional U.S. politicians.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a democratic socialist, defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the state's Democratic contest.

The results testified to the sizable share of American voters upset over the slow economic recovery, immigration and America's place in the world and who are willing to shake up Washington.

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Trump's victory showed pundits were wrong to think he would quickly self-destruct based on his penchant for insults and imprecise plans for the presidency. He had lost last week to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in the first nominating contest, the Iowa caucuses.

The odds of Trump winning the White House, once seen as an extremely long shot, improved significantly after his victory in New Hampshire, online betting site Ladbrokes PLC said.

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US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders celebrates victory during a primary night rally in Concord, New Hampshire, on February 9, 2016. Political novice Donald Trump and self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire's presidential primaries Tuesday, US media projected, turning the American political establishment on its head early in the long nominations battle. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
With his wife Karen at his side Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich cheers with supporters Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Concord, N.H., at his primary night rally. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to supporters on primary election night, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Hollis, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thanks supporters during a primary night rally in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., fist bumps his son Dominick Rubio, 8, after speaking at his primary night rally at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday Feb. 9, 2016. With him is his family Amanda Rubio, 15, Anthony Rubio, 10, Daniella Rubio, 13, and wife Jeanette Dousdebes. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a primary night rally, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. At his side are his wife Melania Trump, left, and daughter Ivanka Trump, right. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
HOOKSETT, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at her primary night gathering at Southern New Hampshire University on February 9, 2016 in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) was projected the winner shortly after the polls closed. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks after Primary day at his election night watch party at the Executive Court Banquet facility on February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Trump was projected the Republican winner shortly after the polls closed. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - February 9: Republican presidential candidate Governor Chris Christie visits voters at T-Bones Great American Eatery in Derry, New Hampshire on February 9, 2016. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)
NASHUA, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets voters outside of a polling station at Fairgrounds Junior High School on February 9, 2016 in Nashua, New Hampshire. New Hampshire voters are heading to the polls in the nation's first primaries. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
John Kasich, governor of Ohio and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, center, greets voters while arriving with his wife Karen Waldbillig Kasich, left, at a polling station at Broken Gound Elementary School in Concord, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Voters in New Hampshire took to the polls today in the nation's first primary in the U.S. presidential race. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz crosses his fingers as he speaks to a supporter following a campaign stop on February 9, 2016 at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, NH. Voters throughout the state are heading to the polls as the New Hampshire Primary, also known as the first-in-the-nation primary, continues the process of selecting the next president of the United States. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump greets supporters as he takes the stage during a primary night rally, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) walks through downtown Concord on election day on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Sanders, who is expected to win over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, greeted voters before taking a short walk where he was mobbed by members of the media. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Writer George Zornick of The Nation is interviewed by Ari Rabin-Havt at SiriusXM Red Diner Broadcasts from New Hampshire Primary Coverage Live on February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Republican presidential candidate Jim Gilmore outside the polling place at Webster School on primary day February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Candidates from both parties are making last-minute attempts to swing voters to their side on the day of the 'First in the Nation' presidential primary. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks through downtown Concord on election day on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Sanders, who is expected to win over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, greeted voters before taking a short walk where he was mobbed by members of the media. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Carly Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, left, stands for a photograph behind her campaign RV after visiting a polling station in Bedford, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Voters in New Hampshire took to the polls today in the nation's first primary in the U.S. presidential race. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush greets voters outside the polling place at Webster School on primary day February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Candidates from both parties are making last-minute attempts to swing voters to their side on the day of the 'First in the Nation' presidential primary. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida and 2016 presidential candidate, greets campaign volunteers outside a polling station in Bedford, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Voters in New Hampshire took to the polls today in the nation's first primary in the U.S. presidential race. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, center, greets a resident during a visit to a polling station in Bedford, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Voters in New Hampshire took to the polls today in the nation's first primary in the U.S. presidential race. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
DERRY, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) poses for a picture with Frank Fiorina, husband of republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, outside of a polling station at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School on February 9, 2016 in Derry, New Hampshire. New Hampshire voters are heading to the polls in the nation's first primaries. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) steps off his campaign bus outside the polling place at Webster School to thank supporters February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. With a good showing in the Iowa caucuses, Rubio has stepped into the crosshairs of fellow Republicans running for president and super PACs that want to slow his momentum with attacks on what they call his robotic and repetative messaging. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks to the crowd during a rally February 8, 2016 in Manchester, NH. US presidential candidates, including billionaire Donald Trump and under-pressure Democrat Hillary Clinton, criss-crossed snowy New Hampshire in a final frantic bit to win over undecided voters before Tuesday's crucial primary. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich shake hands as he visits a polling station at the high school, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Donald Trumps poses for a photo at Webster Elementary School in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jill Colvin)
Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shakes hands with supporters of Donald Trump while visiting a polling station on New Hampshire primary day during a campaign stop in Londonderry, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks with voters outside of Webster Elementary School in Manchester, N.H.,Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)
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Trump is now at 9/2, compared with 7/1 last week, meaning his chances of victory in November are now 18 percent. Clinton still had the best odds of becoming president at 50/50, Ladbrokes said.

Trump's remaining rivals are still splintered.

Ohio's Republican governor, John Kasich, finished second in New Hampshire, followed by Cruz, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

Data curated by InsideGov

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