Jeb Bush pulls out of US White House race

Republican US presidential candidate Jeb Bush (L) is applauded by US Senator Lindsey Graham (R) as he arrives to announce that he is ending his campaign for the White House (Reuters)
Republican US presidential candidate Jeb Bush (L) is applauded by US Senator Lindsey Graham (R) as he arrives to announce that he is ending his campaign for the White House (Reuters)

United States Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has announced he is withdrawing from the party's candidacy race.

The former Florida Governor said, with tears in his eyes, that he was proud of the campaign he had run, which focused on unifying the country and advocating conservative solutions.

Son of former US President George HW Bush and brother of former US President George W Bush, he entered the race with huge expectations in June, but quickly slid behind in the polls.

Mr Bush failed to make headways against outspoken rivals Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz – two candidates running on a ticket of anti-establishment.

Following poor results in the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, Mr Bush had hoped he would gain traction in South Carolina's Republican primary on Saturday (local time). But he failed to finish in the top three, coming behind Mr Trump, Mr Cruz, Marco Rubio and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

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