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Bush Assures Supporters Campaign Will Carry On To South Carolina

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Despite a disappointing finish in Tuesday's presidential primary, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told supporters his campaign is far from over.

"This campaign is not dead," he said after stepping onto the stage at Manchester Community College to thank supporters. "We’re going on to South Carolina.

With results in from 88 percent of precincts, Bush had a little more than 11 percent of the vote, 24 points behind the winner, Donald Trump. He said that with the nation's first primary now settled, the race for the GOP nomination has been reset. And that he’s the establishment candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in November.

"Now we need someone who believes in the goodness and the greatness of the American people," he said. "Someone who will organize to find unity again, to create a sense of purpose, someone who will work across the aisles

Will Stewart of Manchester said Bush's remarks didn't feel like the usual concession speech.

"I like the fact he has executive experience," Stewart said. "I don’t know he has what it takes to go all the way. I’ve learned to stop making predictions this election cycle...."