Watch Carly Fiorina fall off the stage after introducing Ted Cruz as "your next President of the United States"

Fiorina's face-plant serves as the perfect metaphor for Cruz's failing #NeverTrump campaign's last stand in Indiana

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published May 2, 2016 12:54PM (EDT)

For the second time this Republican presidential primary cycle, Carly Fiorina has fallen from her perch at the number two spot -- but this time, more than her poll numbers are plummeting, as the already failed presidential candidate actually fell off the stage Sunday after introducing her running mate, Ted Cruz.

"The next President of the United States -- Ted Cruz!" Fiorina enthusiastically announced after introducing Cruz's wife and daughters at a rally in Indiana. Seconds later, the failed Hewlett Packard executive fell off the stage.

While Cruz's wife, Heidi, immediately reached for the falling Fiorina, the presidential candidate himself only appeared to offer his running mate a parting glance as he continued to shake hands with supporters in the crowd -- one of whom is aptly wearing a "Keep Calm and Cruz On" t-shirt:

And Carly was supposed to be a boost in Indiana --the last stand for the Cruz campaign -- in a week with talk of basketball "rings" and that "endorsement" from Governor Mike Pence.

Donald Trump holds a 15-point lead over Cruz in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll of Indiana.

By Sophia Tesfaye

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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