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Jeb Bush Leaves Behind Republican Party He Can Barely Recognize

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     Jeb Bush's decision to end his bid for presidency created an emotional scene at the Columbia, South Carolina where he and close associates were staying.

    Sergio Pino, an old family friend from Miami, couldn't believe the news. Why did he drop out? Surely there was some way Bush could have pressed on with the campaign?

    "I feel like the Republican Party as I know it suspended its campaign tonight," said Lee Spieckerman, a Texas commentator who had knocked on doors for Bush in New Hampshire and in South Carolina.

    Bush ran for all the right reasons, according to NBC News. He told voters he had a "servant's heart" and, in private and public, his campaign always appeared motivated by duty rather than personal ambition right up to his final speech.