Carly Fiorina Expected to Declare Candidacy for Republican Presidential Nomination

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Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is expected to declare her candidacy on Monday for the Republican presidential nomination. NPR reports she will likely do so via video.

Fiorina served as a surrogate in John McCain's 2008 Presidential campaign, and in 2010 she ran for the U.S. Senate from California, losing out, however, to Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer. The first woman to ever lead a Fortune 500 company, Carly Fiorina was ousted from Hewlett-Packard following a boardroom fiasco back in 2005.

A few noteworthy things possible supporters of Carly Fiorina might not know include the fact that she dropped out of law school. She claimed law school gave her 'blinding headaches.' She does have a graduate business degrees from Maryland and MIT and an undergraduate degree from Stanford.

Carly Fiorina is a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2009, she underwent a double mastectomy, and feels like she's part of a 'sisterhood' of other breast cancer survivors.

Probably one of the most bizarre things about Carly Fiorina came to be known as her 'demon sheep ad.' When she ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010, she believed her opponent, Tom Campbell, wasn't a true conservative, and deemed him a 'wolf in sheep's clothing.' The ad featured a flock of sheep, however one had red, demonic eyes.

Will Carly Fiorina stand a shot a winning the Republican presidential nomination? And if she does, will she stand a chance against Hillary Clinton--if she takes the Democratic nomination?

Is Carly Fiorina one of the names you expected to hear as a Republican contender? Or is this one of those shots that came completely out of left--well, actually right--field?

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.