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Carly Fiorina: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Running for President.

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Just a little over a month ago, Carly Fiorina was polling so poorly that she didn’t make the cut to appear at Fox News’ mainstage Republican Presidential debate; instead, Fiorina appeared at Fox’s ‘kid’s table’ event alongside several second-string Presidential hopefuls, including Lindsey Graham and George Pataki.

Today, Fiorina is on fire. She emerged as the clear winner of the CNN debate on September 17th, and Republican support for Fiorina immediately shot from 3% to 15%. That put her in second place, a point ahead of Ben Carson and only nine points behind Donald Trump. [EDITOR’S NOTE: According to a poll conducted by Fox News from September 20-22, Fiorina has slipped slightly and is now at 9%, 9 points behind Ben Carson at 18%.]

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Fiorina even seems to have pulled a few of those points away from the big man himself — perhaps due in part to how she handled Trump’s recent disparaging remarks about her appearance. Trump suggested that no one would vote for Fiorina because of her looks, but Fiorina fired back with an ad campaign. The campaign not only addressed Trump’s jibe but also seems to have effortlessly accomplished what the GOP has had so much trouble doing: reach out to women voters without insulting them.

And now — after her stellar performance on CNN and her masterful handling of Trump — it seems that Carly has nowhere to go but up.

Fiorina: the Woman; the Myth; the Legend

Originally from Austin, Texas, Carly Fiorina’s father was a law professor and her mother was a painter. She graduated from Stanford University and then went on to law school at the University of California at Los Angeles. According to a 1999 Bloomberg Businessweek article, “Carly went to … law school to follow in her father’s footsteps. But after a semester, she realized she hated law. Although she says that telling her father she was leaving UCLA was

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