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FLASHBACK: Jeb said he'd win South Carolina — 'take it to the bank'

FLASHBACK: Jeb said he'd win South Carolina — 'take it to the bank'

Jonathan Swan | The Hill

Jeb Bush was so confident of winning South Carolina that as recently as September he told people to take his victory in that state "to the bank."

“I’m going to win South Carolina, take it to the bank,” Bush told reporters in late September, according to The Charleston Post and Courier.

But on Saturday night, Bush not only failed to win but looks set to finish a distant fourth or fifth. The disappointing result will amplify the pressure on Bush to shut down his campaign and clear the way for Marco Rubio to be the GOP's establishment choice to take on Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

South Carolina was not supposed to turn out this way for the former Florida governor. Bush allies frequently refer to the Palmetto State as "Bush country" and remember the state fondly for delivering a decisive win in the 2000 primaries that helped George W. Bush overcome an insurgent John McCain.

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