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Ted Cruz is naming Carly Fiorina as his extremely hypothetical running mate

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Carly Fiorina campaigns for Ted Cruz in Philadelphia ahead of the Pennsylvania primary.
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Texas senator Ted Cruz will name former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate for the 2016 election—presuming, of course, that he pulls off an extreme long-shot bid to win the Republican nomination.

Politico and ABC affiliate WMUR report that the team-up will be announced at a press conference today, less than 24 hours after Cruz lost five primary races to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in the northeast.

Fiorina, who has unsuccessfully run for governor of California, enjoyed a brief surge when she ran against Cruz and the other GOP presidential candidates, though her campaign ultimately fell short. She endorsed Cruz after dropping out of the race in March.

Her West Coast background and big-business credentials (despite a “disastrous record” at the helm of HP) ostensibly balance out Cruz’s Middle American, anti-cosmopolitan appeal.

“I guess that’s cute,” said Donald Trump of the pairing, in a phone interview with Fox and Friends. “He’s got no path to victory, and he’s naming a vice presidential candidate.”

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