Jeb Bush drops out of the Republican race for president

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush walks to his bus after speaking at a campaign event in Greenville, South Carolina February 19, 2016.   REUTERS/Rainier Ehrhardt - RTX27R08

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush walks to his bus after speaking at a campaign event in Greenville, South Carolina February 19, 2016. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Reuters

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Latest on the 2016 presidential election and two crucial contests Saturday: South Carolina’s Republican primary and Nevada’s Democratic caucuses (all times are Eastern Standard Time):

8:45 p.m.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he is ending his bid for the White House.

A teary-eyed Bush says he’s proud of the campaign he ran to unify the country and advocate conservative solutions.

The son and brother of former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush entered the race to huge expectations in June, and quickly fueled them with fundraising.

But he quickly slid in the polls behind some of his more outspoken Republican rivals such as billionaire businessman Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who have billed themselves as anti-establishment alternatives to the early front-runner.

Following disappointing performances in both Iowa and New Hampshire, Bush pinned his hopes on South Carolina, a state where the Bush name has maintained some clout. But Bush was unable to break into the top three in South Carolina. He would likely have faced pressure from GOP leaders and donors to drop out had he stayed in the race.

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