Fallen Chess Piece

Monday, December 21, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has dropped out of the GOP presidential nominating contest.

It’s a campaign development widely expected and one of many to come.

Graham currently garners less than 0ne-percent in an average of recent national polls. In Graham’s home state of South Carolina, his polling average is a barely palpable 1.7%.

With GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump continuing to surge higher in national and statewide polls, save Iowa, the Graham announcement comes as no surprise. Trump is polling at, or near, the forty-percent level nationally.

That’s forty-percent in a field of fourteen candidates, prior to Graham’s departure.

Expect others in the bloated GOP candidate field to depart between now and mid-January. A likely move to spare many from embarrassing early primary performances in February.

The current state of the GOP contest has boiled down to candidates Trump, Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and, to a lesser extent, Retired Pediatric Neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s national polling average has fallen down to less than five-percent. But what’s even more problematic is the fact that Bush is losing in his home state.

In Florida, Bush (10.3%) places fourth behind Trump (34.0%), Cruz (17.3%) and Rubio (16.7%).

Given that ‘Right to Rise’, the super-PAC supporting, has already burned through more than half of hits pile of cash, one can expect Bush to leave the contest after losses in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.