Jeb Bush Ends Presidential Campaign After Donald Trump Wins in South Carolina

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An emotional Jeb Bush announced on Saturday, February 20, that he was suspending his presidential campaign.

The former Florida governor made the decision after coming in fourth in the South Carolina Republican primary, behind Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

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"I'm proud of the campaign that we've run to unify our country and to advocate conservative solutions," a tearful Bush told supporters on Saturday night. "The presidency is bigger than any one person. It's certainly bigger than any one candidate."

The brother and son of U.S. presidents had been favored to win the presidential nomination when the race for the White House kicked off last year, but he soon found his numbers slipping as Trump's popularity rose, and the pair publicly feuded.

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As his wife, Columba, fought back tears as she stood beside Jeb, 63, on the South Carolina stage, he continued, "I've had an incredible life and, for me, public service has been the highlight of that life. But no matter what the future holds, here's the greatest safety landing, if you could imagine — tonight I'm going to sleep with the best friend I have and the love of my life." He then leaned over and kissed Columba on the cheek.

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