The fact that Rubio could come in tied for second with Ted Cruz showed some significant strength for the Florida Senator’s campaign – or growing weakness on the part of Cruz. And with Rubio coming in so strong and Jeb Bush finishing far out of the top tier, he suspended his campaign last night. Who would have thought that with 100 million dollars and the much of the establishment of the GOP behind him, Bush wouldn’t make it to super-Tuesday?
The question now is: Where will Bush’s potential supporters go in the upcoming races?
Trump certainly thinks it will be he who garners a large number of those votes, but the conventional wisdom (which has been often wrong in this unpredictable cycle) would say that Rubio and Kasich would get a majority of Bush’s supporters. If either one of those candidates could get the financial support Bush was getting, it would be a game-changer for either campaign. My prediction is that Rubio will get most of the vote and dollars going forward and this will become a three-man race after Super-Tuesday.