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Lindsey Graham sets low bar for Jeb Bush in South Carolina



Jeb Bush finished sixth in Iowa, fourth in New Hampshire, and the latest RealClearPolitics average for Saturday's GOP primary has Trump at 34 percent, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio at 17 percent, Bush andJohn Kasich at 10 percent, and Ben Carson at 7 percent. New Hampshire breathed some life into the Bush campaign, because he finished narrowly ahead of Rubio.

What does Bush  need in South Carolina?

"My hope for Jeb is that he solidifies that he's the governor choice, that he is competitive with Rubio," said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Bush supporter. "I don't see South Carolina as being a knock out punch for anybody."

South Carolina, though, was supposed to be a Bush stronghold. He has a significant ground operation in the state, he brought in his brother Monday, and Barbara Bush hits the Palmetto State tomorrow. If he can't beat Rubio in South Carolina, where can he?

Campaign Manager Diaz dismissed speculation that the Bush campaign is out of money, saying the campaign has plenty of resources for South Carolina and then Nevada Tuesday.

"We have a very well funded operation," said Diaz.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2016 2:59pm]


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