Fast Facts

Party afilliation:
Republican

Career:
CEO of Hewlett-Packard

Notable quote:
“People's ideas and fears can make them small but they cannot make you small. People's prejudices can diminish them but they cannot diminish you. Small-minded people can think they determine your worth. But only you can determine your worth.”

Carly Fiorina

By Hayley Harding

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary is a satirical piece about the ends of 2016 presidential campaigns. Those who led the campaigns are still very much alive, although their hopes for winning the race to the White House in November have come to an unsuccessful conclusion.

The campaign of Carly Fiorina, known for belonging to the only major female Republican candidate, died on Feb. 10, 2016. It was 283 days old.

It was born May 4, 2015, during a video announcement made by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. The first female CEO of a Fortune 20 company, Fiorina said during her announcement that “the only way to reimagine our government is to reimagine who is leading it.”

The campaign had a tough life, getting battered from almost day one for Fiorina’s record at companies she led. A battle played out between current and former HP employees during this time: Tom Perkins, who served on the board during Fiorina’s time as CEO, blamed the “ineffective and dysfunctional” board that was in place during Fiorina’s tenure, while current HP CEO Meg Whitman said previous government experience is “an important part of the criteria” to become president. Other problems the campaign faced included financing problems and struggles to get on the main debate stage — or in the debate at all.

Fiorina’s campaign had some high points, though. After a victory in the first undercard debate and attacks against Donald Trump in other debates, the campaign saw a significant rise in poll numbers. Ultimately, it would not be enough. Fiorina was polling around 2 percent when the campaign’s life ended.

Carly Fiorina’s campaign is survived by carlyfiorina.org, a site that documented jobs Fiorina cut at HP.