Jeb Bush drops out of White House race
The decision to suspend his campaign comes after the former Florida governor delivered a poor showing in South Carolina.
Jeb Bush, unable to muster enthusiasm for his presidential bid beyond the family network that helped him raise a record sum exceeding $150 million, is suspending his campaign following a disappointing finish in South Carolina.
The decision follows a string of underwhelming primary finishes for the former Florida governor, including in New Hampshire where he invested heavily and bet on a massive ground organization but still finished behind Donald Trump, John Kasich and Ted Cruz.
He also took only 2.8 percent of the vote in Iowa’s first in the nation caucuses, despite having outspent his rivals there, too, and campaigned until the very end. In South Carolina on Saturday night, he was on track to finish a distant fourth. His archrival Trump trounced the field with 33 percent of the vote, while Cruz and Rubio were running in a virtual tie with roughly 22 percent.
“In this campaign I have stood my ground, refusing to bend to the political winds,” Bush said on Saturday night, with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham standing by his side.
Choking up at times, Bush said he will still fight for a conservative vision of America. “Despite what you might’ve heard, ideas matter, policy matters. And I truly hope that these ideas that we’ve laid out will serve as a blueprint for a generation of conservative leaders.”
The former Florida governor did not mention Trump by name during his remarks, but appeared to take swipes at the Republican frontrunner, who played a major role in Bush’s cratering.