CHARLESTON, S.C. — Jeb Bush is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination following a dismal performance in the South Carolina primary.
In his post-primary speech to supporters in Columbia, Bush thanked his family, as well as South Carolina Sen. [crscore]Lindsey Graham[/crscore] for his support.
“I’m proud of the campaign that we have run to unify our country,” Bush said. “And to advocate conservative solutions that would give more Americans the opportunity to rise up and reach their God-given potential.”
“I have stood my ground, refusing to bend to the political winds,” he said.
On Monday, older brother and former President George W. Bush joined Jeb to campaign in South Carolina.
When polls closed in South Carolina, Bush was polling in fourth place, far behind front-runner Donald Trump, Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore], and Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore].
In September Bush said he would win the Palmetto State, as The Hill noted. “I’m going to win South Carolina, take it to the bank,” the former Florida governor said. But Bush, long assumed to be the GOP establishment’s pick, had been dogged ever since Trump labeled him “low-energy.”