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Jeb Bush drops out

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

COLUMBIA, United States – In the end, a famous name, political pedigree, and deep-pocketed donors were not enough to rescue the lackluster presidential campaign of Jeb Bush.

Bush withdrew from the presidential race Saturday after another humiliating primary defeat, this time in South Carolina.

“Tonight, I am suspending my campaign,” an emotional Bush, who at times appeared on the verge of tears, said after the disappointing result.

“I’m proud of the campaign that we have run to unify our country.”

The former Florida governor – son of one president and brother of another – started his campaign as the odds-on favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination, backed by a prodigious political brain trust and millions of dollars in donations from private and corporate supporters. (AFP)