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Jeb Bush drops out of Republican race

Update : 21 Feb 2016, 02:35 AM

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has dropped out of the Republican race for US president after failing to rank high in the first three state primaries.

He came a distant fourth in Saturday's South Carolina vote, which was won by billionaire estate mogul Donald Trump.

"Today I am suspending my campaign," an emotional Mr Bush told his supporters.

Once a favourite mainstream candidate for the Republicans - and brother and son to two US presidents - Mr Bush saw his campaign flag in recent months.

In South Carolina, where he was pinning his hopes on resurging his campaign, he placed joint fourth with Ohio governor John Kasich.

"The people from Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire have spoken, and I really respect their decision," the former governor said, in reference to his poor performance in the three states that have already held their presidential primaries and caucuses.

Read more: Trump wins South Carolina, as Clinton takes Nevada

"I've got an incredible life and for me, public service has been the highlight of this life," he added.

Jeb Bush, the son of former President George HW Bush and brother to former President George W Bush, failed to translate huge funds and Republican donations into votes.

He was overtaken in the polls by Mr Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who sold themselves as anti-establishment alternatives to his mainstream candidacy.

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