Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina might be getting a powerful new boost in her campaign for the GOP nomination: a billionaire benefactor.
Paul E. Singer, the founder of the $26 billion investment firm Elliott Management and a major Republican Party bankroller, is still shopping around for his candidate of choice.
At a hedge fund conference in Manhattan, Singer claimed he was “not on the verge of committing to anyone.”
But he did admit later that evening, “We like Carly Fiorina, as well.”
Fiorina, the only woman running for the Republican Party’s nomination, is a longshot for the bid.
Polling at just about 2% nationwide–though quite a bit higher in key early states like Iowa and New Hampshire–she’s not currently in the top ten candidates that will be invited to the Fox News debate on August 6.
Without access to a major platform like the presidential primary debates, and without enough money to stand up to the deep pockets of candidates like Jeb Bush, Fiorina faces an uphill battle to the top of the crowded Republican field.
But, with the backing of Singer–one of the most sought-after Republican donors in the country–she could easily shake up the primary.
Singer’s selection of Fiorina in the primary would give her not just a nationwide focus, but also the kind of gravitas that she needs to back up her burgeoning campaign in the short-term.
Fiorina’s campaign, for their part, remains quiet on the idea of Singer helping get their campaign off the ground, instead focusing on how they can get to the debates with the resources they do have.
“Carly is confident she’ll make the cut for the first debate in August,” said campaign spokeswoman Anna Epstein. “She is continuing to work hard to meet this goal and introduce herself to voters, whether it’s through meeting with Americans across the country or taking numerous questions from the media.”