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Jeb Bush tastes first success in 2016 nomination stakes
Jeb Bush tastes first success in 2016 nomination stakes

The early decision of Jeb Bush to jump-start a Republican race for the 2016 presidential nomination has already bagged its first victim in Mitt Romney. The sudden withdrawal of the 2012 nominee, after briefly testing the waters with donors, was predictable, and it was likely easier for Mr. Bush to achieve than chasing off some of the other contenders will be. The former Florida governor, a brother and son of past presidents, had a built-in donor base among the Republican establishment, and that had a chilling effect on Mr. Romney's chances. Nor did the former Massachusetts governor ever succeed in convincing the tea party and other right-wing elements...

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