Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was once thought to be the easy front-runner for his party's nomination, but he recently fell to a tie for fourth place in a national poll.
According to a CBS/New York Times poll released on Oct. 27, Ben Carson has 26 percent of GOP support, followed by Donald Trump with 22 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 8 percent, while Bush and Carly Fiorina both come in at 7 percent.
Bush, a former Florida governor who has touted his job creation abilities, announced on Oct 23 he was making deep cuts in his campaign staff.
In an effort to resuscitate his campaign, Jeb recently enlisted the help of two ex-presidents: his father, George H.W. Bush, and his brother, George W. Bush, to reassure donors in Houston that Jeb can still win, notes AFP.
During a breakfast with donors on Oct. 26, Jeb explained his "broad, big and bold optimistic message," Florida lobbyist and consultant Slater Bayliss told AFP.
Jeb's supporters admit the Republican primary is "much different than anything anyone could have forecasted," Bayliss added.
"It's a long race and Jeb's campaign is set up to go the distance," said Charles Foster, an immigration lawyer and fundraiser. "Objectively, Jeb has the best record, most experience. And there is a faith that we have the right candidate."
But Jeb appeared to be eating sour grapes during a forum in South Carolina on Oct. 24.
"I've got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them," Jeb told voters. "Elect Trump if you want that."