Despite withering attacks, a spat with the Pope, insulting W, and the usual spate of verbal excesses, insurgent Presidential candidate Donald Trump easily won the South Carolina GOP primary. The winner thanked supporters at a rally while rival and Trump punching bag Jeb Bush lost his exclamation point and dropped out the race, leaving a field of five to fan out across the land.
Governor Bush took the high road in defeat but his speech was the concession that Bush fatigue rules the land. Meanwhile on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is dealing with her own fatigue as she eked out a win the Nevada caucus, but only with last minute help from Senator Harry Reid who leaned on casino worker unions to turn out for Mrs. Clinton.
It looks like Marco Rubio will edge out Ted Cruz for second in the Palmetto State.
Senator Rubio wants to be the establishment candidate and consolidate the support from the Bush crash, although logically those who bought the Bush argument on competency should support the remaining Governor, John Kasich of Ohio.
Governor Kasich is hoping to ride out the South until he gets to more friendly turf in states like Ohio and Michigan.
Dr. Ben Carson is staying in despite a last place finish in SC.
No Republican who has won NH and SC has failed to get the nomination, but this is a crazy sort of year, so punditry is a dubious at best.
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