It may be too soon to dub this week’s surge as “Marco-mania,” but the polls coming out of New Hampshire in recent days point to a dramatic rise by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican presidential contest.
Polls also show Donald Trump remains in the lead, but has seen his margin erode. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has seen little gain in New Hampshire after his victory in the Iowa caucus Monday .
A Boston Globe/Suffolk poll published Friday had Trump on top at 29 percent, with Rubio second at 19 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 13 percent, former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent, and Cruz at 7 percent.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll also shows Trump leading with 30 percent support, but shows Rubio moving past Cruz. That poll showed Rubio’s support at 17 percent; Cruz polled 15 percent support.
The web site FiveThirtyEight compared top GOP candidates’ overall poll standings as of Friday with their standing as of Monday.
That analysis showed frontrunner Trump’s percentage of support down 2.1 percentage points, while Rubio rose 6.1 percentage points. Cruz rose less than a percentage point while Kasich and Bush each slipped less than one percentage point.
In spite of Trump’s slip, he’s still on top. In fact, a CNN poll asking respondents who they expect to win found that 61 percent of respondents expect Trump to win Tuesday’s contest.
Rubio’s rise has made him a target.
Christie called Rubio “the boy in the bubble,” noting how he is “scripted and controlled.”
“His 60-second memorized speeches, all of which we’ve heard over and over and over again, are getting stale and tired,” Christie said.
Bush has attacked Rubio for having no experience beyond politics. The pro-Kasich super PAC, New Day for America, has slammed Rubio for opposing reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.