With only 6 candidates left in the Republican race, everyone is wondering who will be the next to bow out. The top three candidates, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio are all polling strongly in South Carolina. No matter what happens in South Carolina on Saturday, those three candidates are sure to remain in the race for the long haul.
The bottom three candidates are a different story. Despite a strong showing in New Hampshire, John Kasich will have a hard time gaining additional traction in South Carolina. Ben Carson’s campaign is on life support after finishing dead last in New Hampshire. However, Carson has repeatedly said that he would remain in the race for the long haul in the hopes that Trump implodes.
That leaves Jeb Bush as the candidate that is most likely the next to bow out. Bush was a de facto front-runner when the presidential election season began. After Trump jumped into the race his numbers have steadily declined. He showed signs of life in New Hampshire but spent massive amounts of money for his mediocre finish in that state.
Bush now limps into South Carolina with very little money left in his campaign. According to RedState, a source close to the Bush campaign confirmed that the campaign is broke and will stop paying their staff on Saturday.
The super PAC supporting Bush, Right To Rise, is also running low on cash. They had started out with over a hundred million dollars on hand and now have less than $15 million. While it is still a lot of money, the campaign itself has no money to continue and the large amounts of money spent by the Super PAC have failed to generate interest in their candidate.
If Bush fails to secure a top 3 finish in South Carolina, his bid for the presidency is all but over.