Heading into the 2016 election, the consensus among most political insiders was that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was the man to beat on the Republican side. Fast forward to present day, and the primary has been turned on its head.

Broke Bush?

After disappointing finishes at the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primary over the last month, serious questions were raised regarding how long Bush would stick around. The once party-proclaimed front runner is polling four percent nationally, and despite a last ditch effort to use his brother, former President George W. Bush, to campaign for him in the Bush-friendly South Carolina, all signs point to yet another heartbreaking defeat.

On Thursday morning, prominent conservative writer Erick Erickson broke the story on his website "The Resurgent" that the Bush campaign was out of money and planning to close up shop. "I'm told the Bush team is out of money. Pay for campaign staff will end on Saturday," Erickson wrote, noting, "The campaign is all but over." Continuing, Erickson reports that Bush has blown through hundreds of millions of dollars, and the Bush Super PAC "has less than $15 million" to its name.

Bush in denial

Bush campaign spokesman Tim Miller responded to Erickson's report on Twitter, calling it a "fake leak," while accusing the information of coming from the Marco Rubio campaign.

An unnamed senior office to the Bush campaign spoke with The Hill on Thursday, calling the report "complete bulls**t" before going into a profanity-laced rant.

"F------ Marco Rubio," the source told The Hill, "He's trying to drive us out of the campaign. It's ludicrous." Continuing, the unnamed source referred the current Bush-Rubio feud as a "f***ing civil war," vowing that the campaign will not end this Saturday in South Carolina.

Despite this, Erickson says he still stands by his report, highlighting columnist Phil Kerpen's tweet that reads, "He will drop out unless he finishes 'strong third' in South Carolina."

Current GOP status

With the GOP South Carolina primary taking place in less than 48 hours, it's make it or break it time for the former governor of Florida.

Recent polls show Donald Trump will a commanding lead in the Palmetto State, with Ted Cruz attempting to secure the second place spot. Bush is expected to fight with Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich for third place, which if he doesn't secure, could be the end of run to the White House.

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