After Campaign Kickoff, Tough Road Ahead For Jeb Bush In 2016 Presidential Race

Despite being a Republican Party (GOP) front-runner for the 2016 US presidential race, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush leads the pack by only a nose, and will have a tough fight ahead in his bid to grab the party nomination, US experts said.Bush, brother of former President George W. Bush and second son of former President George H. W. Bush, officially announced his candidacy on Monday in a speech in Miami, vowing to "take Washington -- the static capital of this dynamic country -- out of the business of causing problems."

But while Bush is expected to be well-funded, using his brother's connections and being the favorite of many establishment Republicans, there is still no clear winner in the race to clinch the GOP nomination and go on to face likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. And unlike the last presidential race, this time the GOP filed its chock-full of talented candidates clamoring for the nomination.

"He's struggling to gain traction. He's a front-runner, but he' s a tepid front-runner as of right now," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

"(Bush) has two problems. The first, which is also an asset, is his last name. He has to find a way to become Jeb, the former governor of Florida, and not the third Bush," O'Connell said, referring to Bush's father and brother, who are both former presidents.

"The other problem is that he's running against an extremely talented field," he said. "If he's to win the nomination, it's going to be a long, drawn-out affair."

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