Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush Head Opposite Directions After South Carolina Primary

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Rubio second with 22.5% In South Carolina

ABOVE VIDEO: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) addresses supporters after finishing second place in the South Carolina Republican Primary election. Rubio’s campaign is expected to attract the bulk of supporters from  former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who suspended his campaign after South Carolina announced its Primary Election votes. (C-Span video)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — In the wake of South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary Election, only one of the two candidates from Florida remain in the running.

Sen. Marco Rubio finished in second place with 22.5% of the vote, 10% behind current frontrunner Donald Trump, while Florida former Gov. Jeb Bush finished with 8% of the vote.

Unlike Florida, South Carolina’s primary election allows independent voters and Democratic Party voters to vote in its primary election.

Bush’s fifth-place finish prompted him to end his campaign, which came as a great relief to Rubio’s campaign. With only five candidates remaining in the field, Rubio, who served as Florida’s Speaker of the House under Gov. Bush, is expected to gain the lionshare of donors and voters who once supported Bush.

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The five candidates remaining on the GOP side are Trump, Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Current Florida Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) posted the following statement regarding former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s decision to suspend his Presidential campaign:

Steve-Crisafulli-180-11“Jeb Bush is an incredible leader in the Republican Party and served with tremendous distinction as Florida’s Governor for eight years. In this time of great unrest in our country, Jeb Bush’s record of success offered great hope for America’s future. I was proud to support Governor Bush in his campaign for President of the United States because of his record of cutting taxes, creating jobs, reforming education, supporting our Second Amendment rights, and commitment to protecting the sanctity of life. While I am deeply saddened by the suspension of his campaign, I commend Governor Bush for his courage to stand as a candidate to be the Republican nominee for President and for his service to our country.”

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tell supporters, “Thank You for the Opportunity to Run for the Greatest Office on the Face of the Earth.” (C-Span video)