Bobby Jindal drops out. Which 14 Republicans are left for 2016?

The GOP has a history of nominating people who have run before, which could give heart to some familiar faces. But there’s also a crop of first-timers who could steal the show.

4. Carly Fiorina

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Carly Fiorina, former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard speaks to the Restore America rally in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 29, 2014.

Ms. Fiorina announced for president on May 4, 2015. And that gladdens the hearts of Republicans eager to attract women voters and credible women candidates.

Fiorina is a businesswoman, but in recent years has been politically active. She was CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, the first woman to head a Fortune 20 company. In 2008, she advised Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, and chaired a Republican National Committee fundraising initiative. 

In 2010, Fiorina ran for US Senate from California, losing to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) by 10 percentage points. Now she serves on the board of directors of the American Conservative Union Foundation. She also has a super-PAC, called the Unlocking Potential Project.

Though considered a longshot for the Republican nomination, Fiorina could end up on the GOP vice-presidential short list – especially if Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democratic nominee. Fiorina could end up being the only woman in the Republican field.

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