“I’m proud of the campaign that we have run to unify our country,” Bush said. “But the people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision. So tonight I am suspending my campaign.”
Bush, the former Florida governor, entered the 2016 presidential race as an early favorite, but has fallen in the polls steadily, despite having had a couple strong debate performances in recent weeks.
“The presidency is bigger than any one person,” Bush said during an emotional speech. “It is certainly bigger than any candidate.”
He added that he firmly believed "the American people must entrust this office to someone who understands that whoever holds it is a servant, not the master."