Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suspended his campaign, ending his hopes of winning a White House bid.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush dropped out of the presidential race Saturday after a disappointing fourth place finish in the South Carolina primary.
“The presidency is bigger than any one person. It is certainly bigger than any one candidate,” an emotional Bush said.
Bush thanked his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, his older brother, former President George W. Bush, and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, whom he described as “the greatest man I have ever met.”
“I congratulate my competitors who are remaining on the island,” Bush joked after trailing Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in the Palmetto State’s first-in-the-South Republican primary.
Bush entered the race to huge expectations in June, and quickly fueled them with fundraising.
Supporters of Jeb Bush react to the GOP hopeful’s disappointing finish in the South Carolina GOP primary.
Working with a super PAC that has supported his candidacy, Bush and allies raised more than $ 150 million by the end of 2015 — far more than any of his GOP rivals.
However, Bush’s presence in the race and fundraising potential wasn’t enough to dissuade more than a dozen other Republicans from entering the race, including fellow Floridian, Sen. Marco Rubio.
Bush’s failure to ignite was not simply a factor of the size of the GOP field.
Jeb Bush finished a distant fourth in the Palmetto State’s first-in-the-South Republican primary.
Bush, like others, was caught off-guard by the durable popularity of political outsiders — particularly Trump.
The final stage of Bush’s campaign became an all-out bout with the outspoken real estate mogul — the two frequently referring to each other as a “loser.”
Bush took shots at Trump’s lack of experience while Trump attacked Bush’s family legacy, particularly the unpopular Iraq war waged by George W. Bush.
The former President issued a statement shortly after his brother suspended his campaign.
“I told Jeb how proud I am of him and his staff for running a campaign that looked to the future, presented serious policy proposals, and elevated the tone of the race,” George W. Bush said.