No Bush 45: Jeb Drops Out

Distant finish in South Carolina sounds death knell on campaign that never took hold
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 20, 2016 7:56 PM CST
No Bush 45: Jeb Drops Out
Supporters of Jeb Bush campaign outside of Eastlan Baptist Church, a polling location in Greenville, South Carolina, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.   (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

(Newser) – Less than two hours after the polls closed in South Carolina sending Donald Trump to victory, a teary-eyed Jeb Bush ended his bid for the Republican nomination for president, reports the AP. The move ended a campaign that drew a staggering level of financial support from donors but failed to win over voters angry with Washington and leery of sending another member of the Bush family to the White House. Following disappointing performances in both Iowa and New Hampshire, Bush pinned his hopes on South Carolina, a state where the Bush name has maintained some clout. But Bush was unable to break into the top three in South Carolina. He would likely have faced pressure from GOP leaders and donors to drop out had he stayed in the race. (Read more Jeb Bush 2016 stories.)

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