The game of the week in college football is arguably taking place in the SEC West with Alabama and LSU set to battle over first place in the SEC West Division (relax Ole Miss fans, I see you). While anybody’s who anybody will make an effort to be at the game in Tuscaloosa this Saturday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will not be in the crowd. The Bush campaign has reportedly canceled a scheduled tailgating event leading up to the Alabama-LSU game in order to shift focus on the campaign trail.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced the scheduling news Monday, according to a report from Al.com. Bush’s decision comes at a critical time in the RepbMerrill explained the decision to cancel the event was so Bush could “redirect” campaign effort in the Republican nomination process as Bush continues to trail Donald Trump and Ben Carson in the GOP race, according to a recent NBC News poll. Bush, the son of one former United States president and brother of another, also trails Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
Bush had previously announced multiple tailgating campaign stops tied into SEC games, complete with an SEC-inspired logo. Other stops included Georgia-South Carolina and Georgia-Tennessee. As of now, Bush is still scheduled to make a stop at the Egg Bowl game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State later in the season.