From The New York Times:
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jeb Bush dropped out of the presidential race on Saturday, ending a quest for the White House that started with a war chest of $100 million, a famous name and a promise of political civility but concluded with a humbling recognition: In 2016, none of it mattered.
No single candidacy this year fell so short of its original expectations. It began with an aura of inevitability that masked deep problems, from Mr. Bush himself, a clunky candidate in a field of gifted performers, to the rightward drift of the Republican Party since Mr. Bush’s time as a consensus conservative in Florida.
Mr. Bush’s campaign had rested on a set of assumptions that, one by one, turned out to be flatly incorrect: that the Republican primaries would turn on a record of accomplishment in government; that Mr. Bush’s cerebral and reserved style would be an asset; and that a country wary of dynasties would evaluate this member of the Bush family on his own merits.
Now with Jeb finally out, there’s only one governor in the GOP race for president, and he isn’t doing too hot.
Kasich, who is in the single digits, is now the only governor running against Trump, Cruz, Rubio and Carson. Only the two senators are doing double digits against Trump. Kasich or Carson will be next to drop out.
Cruz’s reactionary Christianism apparently didn’t woo enough South Carolinian GOP votes to overcome the “Trump Train”. This will be huge.
The last of the early single-state primaries for the GOP will be Nevada this coming Tuesday. Then the linchpin for the GOP – #SuperTuesday on March 1, including Georgia – will largely determine who will win the nomination. This coming week will be very busy.
BTW: Kasich, the “last moderate” in the GOP race, just signed a bill stripping state funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio. Among the 17 total declared major candidates for the GOP nomination this cycle, there were no sane candidates to begin with.