NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Republican voters rejected former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the straw poll, as he earned only 8 percent of the vote and came in fifth.
That came as, according to reports and several other campaigns, Bush attempted to rig the straw poll by busing in “supporters” from Washington, D.C., and K Street. So, after subtracting out those his campaign packed into the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor, his support among conservatives is even more smaller than it appears.
Bush faced a round of ridicule from pretty much everyone across the Republican Party, ranging from MSNBC host Joe Scarborough to Sen. Jeff Sessions.
Scarborough told Breitbart News in an interview at CPAC that the GOP nominee in 2016 needs to be a conservative and be able to turn out the conservative base—something that Bush is clearly having issues with. He adds if that doesn’t happen, then the party will lose in the general election.
Sen. Sessions, who at a Breitbart News meet-and-greet rebutted Bush’s support for amnesty right after Bush’s appearance on stage, said that even with all the money Bush is raising he needs to be able to win votes—something Bush showed at CPAC he’s currently unable to do among the Conservative base.
“I’ll tell you one thing: It’s the people of this country that run this country,” Sessions said. “Contributions and supporters are always important in presidential elections and other elections too, but votes trumps money.”