Carly Fiorina returns to the campaign trail to offer her endorsement: "I saw my own name on the ballot ... but then I checked the box for Ted Cruz"

Not that it'll matter much

By Sophia Tesfaye
Published March 9, 2016 9:09PM (UTC)
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Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina waits to be introduced at a campaign event at Maple Avenue Elementary School Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Goffstown, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (AP)

She's back.

Failed Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina made her return to the campaign trail Wednesday, appearing in Floridia to officially endorse Ted Cruz.

Fiorina explained at a Cruz rally in Miami that she was "horrified" by Donald Trump and voted for Cruz in Virginia on Super Tuesday. "I walked into the ballot box and I looked at the ballot and I saw my own name on the ballot, it was kind of a thrill, but then I checked the ballot for Ted Cruz," Fiorina revealed to mild cheers. Although the Virginia election turned out to be much closer than expected, Trump still beat out Cruz to win the state.


“We’re going to have to beat Donald Trump at the ballot box,” Fiorina said. “And the only guy who can beat Donald Trump is Ted Cruz.”

"He has won," she insisted, "over and over and over again.”

Fiorina attempted to paint the Texas senator as the true outsider candidate, claiming Cruz should be "proud to be known by the enemies he has made in the D.C. cartel."


"It is time to unite behind the one man who can beat Hillary Clinton, who can beat Donald Trump, who can beat the Washington cartel,” she told the crowd before returning to her familiar role as aggressive Hillary Clinton attack dog.

Cruz said he was humbled by the endorsement from the former HP executive, whom he called a "strong, principled leader and woman of faith.”

"We just heard a whole bunch of Democratic activist and Hillary supporters go 'Holy cow, what was that?'" Cruz joked after Fiorina left the stage:



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Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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