Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina Endorses Romney

Carly Fiorina, a former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination today, describing the former Massachusetts governor as the candidate best able to beat President Barack Obama in November.

“While I also admire his opponents, it is now clear that Mitt Romney is the candidate most able to defeat Barack Obama in November,” Fiorina said in a statement. “This election is too important to lose and that’s why I urge my fellow Republicans to join me in supporting Mitt Romney.”

Fiorina, 57, is the latest prominent Republican to throw support behind Romney and call for an end to the nomination battle. Also announcing support for Romney today were House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, of California, Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, and Utah Senator Mike Lee, a favorite of anti-tax Tea Party activists.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Romney’s main challenger in the Republican race, is resisting the push for him to end his candidacy. Taking note of his 22-percentage-point win over Romney in Louisiana’s March 24 primary, Santorum said yesterday that “even though a lot of folks are saying this race is over, people in Louisiana said no, it’s not.”

The next primaries are held April 3 in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington D.C.

Fiorina in the 2008 presidential campaign served as an adviser on business and economic issues for the Republican nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona.

She ran in 2010 for the U.S. Senate in California, losing to incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.

Fiorina’s endorsement comes as Romney is spending several days raising money in California, which is scheduled to hold its primary on June 5.

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