In New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, the losers are often just as important as the winners. The results could dictate who drops out — and who stays in — the race. As of about 10 p.m. EST Tuesday night, no candidates had declared their campaigns over.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told the Associated Press he planned to "take a deep breath" and revisit his presidential bid while at home in his state. Christie nabbed about 8 percent of the vote in New Hampshire Tuesday.
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who's polling at about 0 percent nationally, issued a news release before the votes were in Tuesday night assuring Americans he was still fighting for the GOP nomination. "Gilmore, the only veteran in the race for the presidency, will depart New Hampshire tomorrow morning and fly to Columbia, SC to continue his campaign," the release read, going on to detail his campaign stops in the state. With 67 percent of locations reporting results, Gilmore was in last place in New Hampshire with about 0.1 percent of the vote.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was second to last, nabbing about 2.3 percent of the vote. He also issued a statement Tuesday, saying "I will carry on this fight for as long as the people stand with me." Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who got about 4.4 percent of the vote, reportedly had a similar message for her fans: "We are going to keep going."
Rumors were flying about who would drop out after last week's Iowa caucuses, which inspired four candidates to suspend their campaigns. Both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were set to continue their Democratic campaigns for the presidency, but many pundits predicted the GOP would see a shakeup.
Before Tuesday's results, NPR named Gilmore as the person most likely to drop out after New Hampshire. Gilmore only received 12 votes in Iowa and has only participated in two Republican debates. One of the top Google searches for his name is "Is Jim Gilmore still running?"
Bustle, meanwhile, put Fiorina on drop-out watch. She was polling in next-to-last place in New Hampshire, with only about 5 percent of the vote, and performing even worse nationally, with 2 percent. Fiorina was not invited to the ABC News debate Saturday.
Other candidates could be in danger, too. Politico noted that supporters of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is polling at about 5 percent nationally, "are itching to jump ship." CNN reported the spokesman for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Alex Conant, appeared to suggest Tuesday that Bush should drop out so mogul Donald Trump has less of a shot at the nomination. But Bush's spokesman, Tim Miller, reportedly fired back that "if Marco is worried about defeating Donald then he should probably make the case against Trump."
Analyst Roland Martin initially mentioned the possibility of Christie dropping out to Poynter. NPR brought up Carson, who it wrote "may look past a poor showing here to pin his hopes on South Carolina. Or he may bow to what looks inevitable."
The Republican lineup as of Tuesday night included Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Rubio, Carson, Bush, Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Fiorina and Gilmore.