Jeb Bush Drops Out of GOP Presidential Race

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Jeb Bush campaigning in New Hampshire, his next-to-final stop on the primary tour. (Getty)

Jeb Bush officially suspended his 2016 GOP Presidential campaign on Monday evening after taking only 8.2 percent in the South Carolina primary. The former Florida governor had optimistically expected to finish as high as third based on recent polls after a sixth-place, 0-delegate finish in Iowa and a disappointing New Hampshire finish.

The GOP field has been historically crowded, with 17 candidates participating in at least one debate. While Donald Trump has controlled national polling, won New Hampshire going away, and figured to overtake Ted Cruz in Iowa polls up until caucus night, the sheer number of candidates has made it difficult for his opponents to unify behind one candidate, with fractured support making it hard for other contenders to gain traction.

Bush did not name his endorsement when he dropped out.