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$53 Million Spent For Each of Jeb's 3 Delegates

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 Jul 2016 01:08 PM

Now that the official tally of delegates has been counted and Donald Trump named the Republican presidential nominee, the extent to which some of the other GOP candidates failed can be summarized in some jarring numbers.

Perhaps no number illustrates the depths to which Jeb Bush, one of the favorites entering the primaries, failed: His campaign ended up spending $46 million for each of the three delegates that ended up voting for him, according to The Washington Post.

This can be compared to Trump's $39,000 for each delegate or Ted Cruz's $382,000.

One of the reasons that Bush was an early favorite, in addition to his pedigree and accomplishments as Florida governor, was the fact that he did such an excellent job in the fundraising process. But the magnitude of his failure, along with Trump's sharp tongue, made Bush the object of ridicule, including the Post pointing out that instead he could have used all the money he raised for the election to buy 24 one-bedroom apartments in Trump Tower.

No member of the Bush family is at the National Republican Convention in Cleveland. In fact, as The New York Times reported, no former cabinet officials or members of the White House senior staff of former President George W. Bush are there either.

There is an unmistakable dismay among the Bush family's loyalists about the path their party has taken and how little support their brand of politics has these days, according to the Times. It is not only the critical policy differences but also Trump's manner of crude insults and biting ridicule that make them feel so alienated.

USA Today reports that making matters worse for Jeb Bush is that many of the Florida activists attending the Republican National Convention who were once his supporters, are now upset that he refuses to support Trump after he earlier promised to back the party's eventual nominee.

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Now that the official tally of delegates has been counted and Donald Trump named the Republican presidential nominee, the extent to which some of the other GOP candidates failed can be summarized in some jarring numbers.
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