As one-time presumptive Republican presidential nominee Jeb Bush continues to falter in national polls, reports indicate his financial backers are preparing to abandon his campaign for a candidate more likely to win a general election. An anonymous fundraiser told the Washington Post:
What I hear everywhere when you say Jeb’s name is: ‘If you want to lose the general election, nominate Jeb.
The source was one of many critical of Bush’s performance thus far in the primary. While some insiders suggest Carly Fiorina is poised to claim the mantle of Republican establishment favorite, the Post source said that another candidate is also becoming more attractive to disillusioned donors:
People are looking at the stage and saying: ‘Jeb and Marco? I’m going with the new.’ You’re seeing people really gravitate to [Marco Rubio] and saying, ‘OK, we’ll buck the Bush machine.’
As far as Bush is concerned, at least publicly, he is not concerned with his lower-than-expected standings. He said in a recent interview that “polls really don’t matter” at this stage of the election season.