The two Republican candidates to drop out of the 2016 presidential race on Wednesday received encouraging words from the man who was the last Republican presidential nominee.

Mitt Romney sent shoutouts to Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie on his official Twitter account after both announced they were suspending their campaigns following poor performances in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary.

"Thank you @ChrisChristie for pushing the race towards real and honest solutions. Your candor and integrity on the trail will be missed," Romney tweeted to the New Jersey governor. Christie announced on Facebook that while he ran a campaign pushing the idea that "competence matters," not enough people were swayed by his message.

To Fiorina, who suspended her campaign only hours before, Romney said, "Courage and unwavering determination have defined the @CarlyFiorina campaign. Thank you for standing up and standing tall." Only last week, Romney tweeted a plea to ABC to include the former Hewlett-Packard CEO in the final debate before the primary after it was announced she missed the cut.

"Hey @ABC: put @CarlyFiorina on the debate stage! She got more Iowa votes than John and Chris. Don't exclude only woman," Romney tweeted. However, the network held firm and she was barred from the debate stage.