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Republican presidential hopefuls are looking over their shoulders after the Monday meeting of the conservative Committee to Unleash American Prosperity in New York, wondering if an unexpected dark horse is starting to pick up speed and sprint for the finish line.

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is starting her race from way back in the pack. But, positioned as the “anti-Hillary” candidate and the Republican who convincingly can deny Democratic claims of a GOP “war on women,” she impressed the meeting with her grasp of economics and world affairs and hammered the Democratic heir-apparent Clinton for her lack of “real world” leadership experience, The Wall Street Journal noted.

“Add one more intriguing candidate to what is shaping up to be the strongest Republican field since 1980,” the Journal said.

At the meeting, Fiorina criticized endangered species rules that cut water flow to California’s Central Valley, blasted the Federal Communications Commission’s new Internet regulations for “crushing the little guys,” and attacked Obamacare, saying, “Let’s try the one thing we’ve never tried in healthcare — a free market,” the Journal reported.

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