Jeb Bush Drops Out of White House Race

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • February 21, 2016, 1:56 AM

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush -- brother and son to two US presidents -- has dropped out of the White House race, after another humiliating primary defeat, this time in South Carolina.

"Tonight, I am suspending my campaign," Bush said after a disappointing result showing in South Carolina's Republican primary, appearing to fight back tears.

"I'm proud of the campaign that we have run to unify our country." “In this campaign, I have stood my ground, refusing to bend to the political winds”, Bush said.

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 influence. 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 in the race.

In the Iowa caucuses on February 1, he finished a disappointing sixth place. He did not fare much better in New Hampshire a week later, finishing in fourth place.

The 62-year-old Bush never could shed the narrative that he was a tarnished candidate unable to generate enthusiasm for yet another Bush presidency amid the current appetite for outsiders like Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

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