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After collecting only eight percent of the vote in the South Carolina Republican Primary, Jeb Bush is now on the sidelines and the GOP presidential field is cut to five.

Bush announced the suspension of his campaign on Saturday, after finishing fourth in South Carolina, and after a similar finish in New Hampshire and sixth in the Iowa caucuses. The son and brother of former presidents entered the race to huge expectations. Some pundits even anointed him the Republican nominee before even one vote was cast. So what happened?

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    GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is hitting the reset button on what many consider an underwhelming campaign, with a new slogan: “Jeb Can Fix It.”

Bush’s reboot – some call it Jeb 2.0 – kicked off Monday in the wake of dropping poll numbers and slumping finances. Speaking at a rally in Tampa, he appeared to acknowledge a lack of the style shown by some of his competitors, saying he’s resisted advice on how to present himself.

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Former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke to a standing room only crowd at the Pensacola Bay Center Wednesday afternoon.

The doors to the conference room on the Bay Center’s second floor opened at 11:30 a-m, and in ten minutes all 300 or so seats were filled. The rest stood on either side of the room.

Jeb Bush brings his Republican presidential campaign to Pensacola on Wednesday, hosting a town hall meeting at the Bay Center.

The former Florida governor comes to town trailing Donald Trump in the most recent Quinnipiac University poll by 20-17% nationwide. Bush led the poll in June with 20% of respondents. Peter Brown at Quinnipiac says much Bush’s slide can be traced to a certain real estate mogul you may have heard of.

Another Clinton versus Bush presidential matchup could be in the offing in 2016, and it could be nip-and-tuck in Florida based on a new Quinnipiac poll.

The survey, released Tuesday, has the former Secretary of State versus the former Florida Governor 44 % to 43%  in Florida, a crucial swing state. Throw in the margin of error, and it’s a virtual dead heat. But the presidential primaries and caucuses are still a year away and the fields of candidates are loaded with speculation.

After weeks of mounting speculation about any plan to run for the White House in 2016, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Tuesday gave everyone a “definite maybe.”

“If I decide to run for office again, it will be based on what I believe, and it will be based on my record,” Bush told the Christian Broadcasting Network in July, 2013.

“That record was one of solving problems completely from a conservative perspective,” Bush said. “I acted on my core beliefs on social issues as governor. I will be able to, I think, manage my way through all the ‘chirpers’ out there.”

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President George W Bush made quite a few trips to Florida in 2004.

He was, after all, running for reelection. But on September 19, he joined Governor Bob Riley of Alabama and his brother, Governor Jeb Bush of Florida to see firsthand some of the damage done by Hurricane Ivan. There was a lot to see. The damage from Ivan totaled almost 19 billion dollars, making it the sixth most expensive storm in US history. And in the days immediately after the storm, how some of that money needed to be spent became apparent.

On the morning of September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan was no longer a local story. NPR led its newscasts that morning with updates about the storm damage and loss of life. 

Earlier, at 1:50am, Hurricane Ivan made landfall at Gulf Shores, Alabama. By then it had already killed 67 people in the Caribbean including 39 in Grenada and 17 in Jamaica. Escambia County was hit by the eastern edge of the storm, the most dangerous part of any Atlantic hurricane.

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In 2004, Hurricane Charlie hit the state of Florida at Fort Myers on August 13. Hurricane Francis struck the east coast near Stuart on September 5. That was the same day that Ivan went from a tropical storm to a hurricane. 18 hours later it was a category 4 storm and still strengthening.