Primary Breakdown: What Happened to Jeb?

Here, in late February, a quick Google search of almost anything related to American politics will yield a flood of Trump: Trump wins South Carolina, Trump wins Nevada, Trump insults Muslims, Trump insults the Pope. By now, it was supposed to be all about Jeb. Instead of dominating the headlines, the man who entered as a heavy favorite has dropped out of the race altogether. What happened?

The long-awaited South Carolina Republican Primary has come and gone. The results on Saturday, Feb. 20 were not very shocking: Donald Trump exited with a 32.5 percent majority vote, Marco Rubio in second with 22.5 percent, Ted Cruz in third with 22.3 percent and Jeb Bush in fourth with a meager 7.8 percent of the vote.

The brother and son of former Presidents was reportedly 181,614 votes behind leading man Trump at the time of his suspension of the campaign.

Although CNN attests that Jeb “always remained optimistic,” his failure to accurately assess the mood of the Republican electorate precipitated his downfall.

Apparently, the GOP wants change — Donald Trump promises exactly that, the more radical the better, and Bush seems to have underestimated him from the start. According to campaign aides, it took until Saturday afternoon for Bush to realize that he would not be moving forward.

With another candidate out of the race, could Trump become the nominee? It all comes down to math. (Photo by Sigrid Johannes)

With another candidate out of the race, could Trump become the nominee? It all comes down to math. (Photo by Sigrid Johannes)

Bush ultimately ended his presidential race, which began with contributions to the tune of $100 million, as The New York Times reports, on Saturday night after “his third straight disappointing finish in the early voting states.”

Bush shared that he is “proud of the campaign that we’ve run to unify our country.” In an emotional speech on Saturday night, he stated “The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision.”

After seeing Bush, an experienced governor, drop out after a disappointing performance, one has to wonder: what comes next for the GOP? Trump won yesterday in Nevada. When the heavy favorite of a race is knocked out in February, is anything possible?

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Emily Warner is a freshman English major with a minor in Communication. Born and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina, Emily loves having the opportunity to call Charleston her new home and is excited to see where this part of her journey will take her. Emily is an active member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, where she has made lifelong friends and has enjoyed participating in several philanthropic opportunities and countless fun experiences. Emily loves to go on adventures here in Charleston, exploring this beautiful city and making the most out of what it has to offer. She also loves traveling, and hopes to study abroad in the near future. A lover of all things English and literature, Emily’s dream is to become a journalist or writer, where she can immerse herself in doing what she loves.

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