Lindsey Graham Endorses Bush

At least one political analyst is flummoxed
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2016 9:58 AM CST
Jeb Bush is seen after the Republican presidential debate, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C.   (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
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(Newser) No longer in the race himself, Lindsey Graham has revealed who he's endorsing for the GOP nominee: Jeb Bush. He made the announcement at a Friday press conference alongside a smiling Bush, per CNN. "His endorsement is very meaningful and along with it come a lot of friends and supporters of his," Bush told Fox News, per NBC News. However, at least one political analyst is questioning the move. "A guy with 0% (Graham) endorses someone with 5% (Bush)," Matthew Dowd wrote on Twitter. "What kind of strategy is this? No wonder Trump is winning."

On the Bush front, Politico reports most of the two dozen big donors it interviewed are simply waiting for Bush to throw in the towel so they can open their wallets for another candidate (Politico predicts Bush's current "Wall Street support" will move on to Marco Rubio). "I'm resigned to it being over, frankly," says one. Another adds the current fundraising pitch for the Bush camp is, "I need you to throw away money on Jeb—out of loyalty" to the Bush family. (Read more Lindsey Graham stories.)

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