After being defeated soundly in the Republican primaries of Iowa and New Hampshire, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush finally dropped out of the presidential race after coming in at a distant fourth in the South Carolina primary.
"The people of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken and I really respect their decision, so tonight I am suspending my campaign," Bush says, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The initial frontrunner, Bush lost his momentum when it became clear some Republican voters preferred racism and xenophobia straight up, à la Trump style. Despite the established politician spending $150 million on his campaign, and at one point, becoming the voice of reason at Republican debates, it wasn't enough.
"He could wow some town hall gatherings with his substance, but on TV and especially during early debates, he looked awkward and tentative," says Times political editor Adam C. Smith. "The rise of combative and blustery Trump only made Bush look more meek in comparison. In recent weeks, voters often repeated a common, two-word refrain: "Poor Jeb."...Bush improved considerably as a candidate, but ultimately he remained a cerebral technocrat at a time when many voters are looking for a bulldozer to tear up Washington."
And though his campaign has died, the plethora of sad, sad viral content Bush's campaign gave us will live on.