Bush kept presidential campaign afloat with personal loan

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at his South Carolina Republican presidential primary rally in Columbia, S.C. (Feb. 20, 2016/AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File).

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush kept his struggling presidential campaign afloat with a $250,000 personal loan — barely enough to keep the campaign from plunging into debt.

New campaign finance documents show the former Florida governor raised about $1 million in February, which was to be his final month as a Republican candidate.

Documents show his campaign wrapped up with $13,127 more in cash than debts. He left the race Feb. 20 after a fourth-place finish in South Carolina.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s report shows he raised about $420,000 in February. The Republican suspended his campaign Feb. 9, after the New Hampshire primary. Christie’s campaign ended with roughly $200,000 more in debts than available cash.

Other candidates — current and former — are due to file reports by midnight Sunday.

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