There’s been a lot of activity on the campaign trail in the last few weeks. These, in my view, were two of the biggest shake-ups in the election during that time:
1) South Carolina and Nevada
As I watched the results come in from South Carolina and Nevada, I couldn’t help but think that this would be the tide changer in the races. If you followed both primaries, you would know that the Nevada Democratic caucus was met with a legitimate dog fight between Madam Clinton and Comrade Sanders. With all precincts reporting in, Clinton edged the Gandalf-looking Senator from Vermont at a 52.7%. Sanders raked in 47.2%, as well.
In particular, Sanders attributed his close loss to low voter turnout, and stated that the campaign didn’t know Nevada like Clinton’s team did.
“She knew Nevada a lot better than we did, she had the names of a lot of her supporters. So I am proud of the campaign that we ran. Obviously, I wish we could have done a little bit better. But at the end of the day, I think she gets 19 delegates, we get 15 delegates, we move onto the next state,” Sanders said to Chuck Todd, as mentioned in The Washington Post.
South Carolina was relatively polarized, with Donald Trump winning the primary with a 32.5%. Rubio came in a distant second at 22.48% and Cruz coming in at 22.34%. The middle of the field included Bush and Kasich, and Carson came in dead last.
2) Jeb Bush drops out
Due to the results of South Carolina, Jeb Bush suspended his bid for the nomination.
The only thing I can say? Thank you, God.
Bush’s campaign has been dead for some time… In fact, Jeb’s South Carolina finish resulted in a 7.84% finish. Though he finished above Kasich and Carson, Jeb maintained himself as a trash candidate. Despite major hype when he first announced, Bush ran his campaign in a manner that is uncomplimentary to the way the GOP wants to align as a party.
Jeb Bush is relatively “establishment” Republican. However, the problem, most likely, is two things:
- Name recognition: No one, and I mean no one, wanted another Bush in office. Though the Bush name gave Jeb some fame and named him a “political rockstar,” the fact of the matter lies unto how people can trust into another person with same name as an ex-president.
- Improper Management of the campaign: Jeb Bush burned through almost all of the $150 million his Super PACs and donors provided. Wasting majority of the money on financing attack adds, he destructed any chance at sustainable operation of a campaign.
We look to future, however. There are only 3 possible players for the nomination at the RNC conference in Cleveland. In my opinion, we need to see Ben Carson drop out next for the race to really move forward.