Bush Dynasty Ends In South Carolina

One year ago Jeb Bush was the odds on favorite to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But Donald Trump has taken that role away from Bush and yesterday the New York billionaire won the South Carolina big.

So, last night Bush faced the bright lights standing on the stage in Columbia, South Carolina and suspended his 2016 GOP Presidential campaign. Instead of talking about an upset win or a strong second place finish he was mired in fourth place after brining in his brother George and his mother Barbara in to campaign for him, it simply wasn’t enough.

Despite spending more money than any other candidate, the former governor of Florida, was unable to finish in the top three spots in either, Iowa, New Hampshire or yesterday’s South Carolina primary.

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The end of the Bush family dynasty came as anti establishment candidate Trump won big yesterday, a virtual second place tie between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, sealed the fate of Bush.

“Today I am suspending my campaign,” an emotional Bush told his supporters as he fought back tears. “The people from Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire have spoken, and I really respect their decision,” the former governor said, in reference to his poor performance in the three states that have already held their presidential primaries and caucuses. “I’ve got an incredible life and for me, public service has been the highlight of this life,” he added.

We now see if Bush throws his support behind his long time protégé Rubio and if that support will put their money on the line for the junior senator from Florida. So, in a state that has been good to the Bush family as both his dad George H.W. and brother George both won big in the state on their way to the the GOP presidential nomination.

But for Jeb, South Carolina was the final ending to a long and often bitter campaign.

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.