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Campaign 2016: Jeb Bush, are you okay?

"Please clap," he begged a New Hampshire audience on Wednesday.
By Ann Marie Awad   |   Feb. 3, 2016 at 5:15 PM
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MANCHESTER, N.H., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is making headlines this week for a few awkward incidents that are not doing him many favors leading up to the key New Hampshire primary.

On Tuesday morning at a campaign event in Rindge, N.H., Bush spoke with a college student who said the 2016 presidential election would be the first one he votes in.

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"I want to be your first," Bush responded, in an exchange captured on Twitter by Washington Post reporter Ed O'Keefe. It's been retweeted nearly 1,000 times.

Meanwhile, a campaign stop in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday was trending because Bush had to implore the audience to "please clap" after he delivered an applause line to deafening silence.

At the same event, an ABC News reporter captured video of the lights flickering during Bush's speech.

Bush finished in sixth place in the Iowa caucuses Monday. He decided to forgo the caucus night party and get a jump start on New Hampshire, holding a town hall in Manchester, N.H., that night.

Bush spent heavily in Iowa. The Washington Post calculated that he spent roughly $5,200 for every vote he received Monday -- the most out of any candidate.

However, Bush's well-funded campaign has failed to push his polling numbers back up from 4 percent, his national average according to RealClear Politics.

His 9 percent average in New Hampshire, though, is more encouraging -- which is probably why Bush is bringing out his secret weapon: Mom.

Fortune reported that former first lady Barbara Bush will join her son at campaign events in the Granite State. Jeb Bush is also continuing his campaign strategy of painting himself as the anti-Trump, releasing a new ad Tuesday called "Turn off Trump."

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