Carly Fiorina, the failed California U.S. Senate candidate who had a brief burst of momentum in the GOP presidential race, finished with just under 2% of the vote Monday.
The candidate, a former business chief executive who unsuccessfully ran for the Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer in 2010, received fewer than 3,500 votes in the Iowa caucuses.
She finished seventh of 12 candidates.
Her campaign and the super PAC backing Fiorina’s bid did not respond to requests for comment.
Fiorina tweeted Monday night that she was boarding a plane: "See you soon, New Hampshire."
Fox News reported that Fiorina skipped her own caucus party because of an incoming blizzard.
In the days leading up to the caucuses, Fiorina had pledged she would surprise the political observers who had declared her White House bid dead.
“I'm here to tell you ... on Monday we're going to surprise people here in Iowa, and we're going to leave here with the wind at our back," she told supporters at a photography exhibit here last week.
It’s unclear whether the poor showing will prompt Fiorina to leave the race. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who finished with 139 fewer votes than Fiorina, announced Monday night he was suspending his campaign.
A spokeswoman for the Fiorina super PAC tweeted Sunday that it had $4.5 million in cash on hand, more than enough money to continue its effort. And in Fiorina’s 2010 Senate race, she refused to concede until the day after votes were cast, despite losing by 10 points.
Fiorina invested heavily in Iowa, crisscrossing the state and holding 138 town halls, rallies and meet-and-greets, among the most appearances for a GOP candidate. Her charisma on the stump, which she displayed in her unsuccessful Senate run, was indisputable. For a brief moment as summer turned to fall, Fiorina rose in the polls.
During the first GOP debate in Cleveland in August, she was relegated to the undercard debate for second-tier candidates because polls showed she had little support.
A sterling performance drove up her numbers, landing her a spot on stage at the September prime-time debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
She again delivered a well-regarded performance and memorably confronted GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who had made critical remarks about her appearance.
In the aftermath, Fiorina's polling hit double digits in Iowa.
But since October, the former Hewlett-Packard chief has been mired in the low single digits. In the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll released Saturday, Fiorina drew the support of 2% of likely Iowa GOP caucusgoers, tied for last place.
The decline, according to political observers, was a consequence of her squandering her post-Reagan debate momentum, the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino placing an even greater emphasis on foreign policy experience, and a crowded GOP field.