Republican Chris Christie has dropped out of the US presidential race after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire.
The New Jersey governor spent heavily and campaigned the longest in the state but still came in sixth place.
Mr Christie joins former tech executive Carly Fiorina who also left the race after struggling in Iowa and New Hampshire.
He was praised for his debate performances and was credited with blunting the momentum of Marco Rubio.
However, Mr Christie’s moderate rivals Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush seemed to have reaped the benefits.
“While running for president I tried to reinforce what I have always believed – that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation,” Mr Christie said in a statement on Wednesday.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and others compared Mr Christie a “suicide bomber”.