Trump Just Got Huge News Right Before The Debate That Might Have Him Worried

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.

h/t: Breitbart

WATCH: Bobby Jindal Just Made An Eyebrow-Raising GOP Endorsement That Many Say Is Unexpected

Sen. Marco Rubio picked up another endorsement Friday from the field of unsuccessful Republican presidential candidates.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose campaign for the White House folded in November, endorsed Rubio while speaking on Fox News Channel’s On the Record, hosted by Greta Van Susteren.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who ended his campaign after Monday’s Iowa caucuses, has also endorsed Rubio.

Jindal explained his endorsement to Van Susteren.

“The reality is, these are very dangerous times. This president’s weakened our standing on the foreign stage. Our enemies don’t fear us. Our friends don’t trust us. Marco’s been consistent about strengthening America’s foreign policy,” Jindal said.

“This is the most important election of our lifetime. We’ve got growing dependence on government. We’ve got more and more debt being piled on our children’s backs. Marco can unify our party. He is — his optimistic message is bringing voters from across the party lines from across different demographic groups, he can unify our party,” said Jindal, who called Rubio “a principled conservative.”

Although Santorum this past week stumbled when asked on one talk show to cite specific Rubio accomplishments in the Senate, Jindal had several points to offer.

“He’s got a great record of accomplishment,” he said. “I think too many people in DC get caught up on, well, how many bills do you have your names on. He’s done several things here. For example, he led the fight for sanctions on Hezbollah. He led the fight against the Obamacare bailout for insurance companies. He led the fight to give the VA the power to fire executives not doing their jobs.”

Writing on Young Conservatives, John S. Roberts called the endorsement “unexpected.”

Others commenting on Young Conservatives had less kind words.

“No respect for Jindal. I like to refer to him as the guy who sold out his culture so he could be electable among the Republican party,” wrote Devan Goswai Anand. “I do not like him, Nikki Haley, or Dinesh D’Souza. I have very many Indian friends and relatives and they all look down upon them. Still voting Trump, as I believe he will make change within this country.”

“…Thirty pieces of silver!” was the succinct verdict delivered by a poster using “marcus tullius cicero” as his name.

 

h/t: Young Conservatives

Breaking: Latest New Hampshire Poll Shows Big Change In A Matter Of Days

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist New Hampshire primary poll published on Friday confirms that Sen. Marco Rubio picked up strong momentum coming out of Iowa, while Donald Trump maintains a commanding lead.

Trump garners 30 percent support in the latest poll, which is consistent with a pre-Iowa poll last week, when he was at 31 percent. Meanwhile, Rubio moved into second place, up 6 points, and Sen. Ted Cruz gained three points from the previous poll, but dropped into third place with 15 percent support.

Additionally, Ohio Gov. John Kasich lost a point, now registering at 10 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gained a point coming in at 9 percent.

Image Credit: NBC News

Image Credit: NBC News

The new poll is consistent with a WHDH/UMass Lowell poll reported on by Western Journalism on Thursday. That poll also showed Rubio moving into second place with 15 percent ahead of Cruz at 14 percent, while Donald Trump led the pack at 36 percent. Governors Jeb Bush and John Kasich, who have spent a lot of time in New Hampshire, polled 8 and 7 percent, respectively. 

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that “Rubio’s support is still fluid, however, as 13 percent of his supporters say they could still change their mind. Only 6 percent of Trump and Cruz supporters say they might change their mind,” Breitbart reports

Trump leads the field among voters who identify themselves as “moderate” or “conservative” and surprisingly even has a four point edge over Cruz and five point lead over Rubio with white evangelicals at 24 percent.

Cruz enjoys a strong lead with “very conservative” voters (44 percent) over both Trump and Rubio, though that block of voters makes up just 17 percent of the electorate in the Granite State.

WATCH: MSNBC Host Asks Santorum This Question About Marco Rubio 3 Different Times – He Can’t Answer It

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa, struggled Thursday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe when asked to name one accomplishment of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who Santorum has endorsed for president.

After hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski pressed Santorum to name anything for which Rubio should be known, Santorum finally told them, “The bottom line is there isn’t a whole lot of accomplishments, Joe, and I just don’t think it’s a fair question.”

“He’s been in the Senate for four years,” Scarborough noted. “Can you name his top accomplishment in the Senate — actually working in the Senate doing something that tilted your decision to Marco Rubio?”

“If you look at being in the minority in the United States Senate in a year when nothing got — four years where nothing got done, I guess it’s hard to say there are accomplishments,” Santorum said. “I mean, tell me what happened during that four years that was an accomplishment for anybody? It was complete gridlock.”

 

Scarborough then asked about anything Rubio had accomplished since the GOP took control of the Senate.

“Joe, look, the Republicans have been in the majority for one year and one month, of which, as you know, he was running for president primarily,” Santorum said. “The first four years he was in the minority, and nothing got done. And by the way, what happened this year under the Republicans?”

Brzezinski then tried to offer a different approach, essentially asking Santorum to cite the accomplishment for which Rubio should be best known.

“OK, Marco Rubio was, No. 1, the speaker of the Florida House, which is not something that’s a minor deal,” Santorum answered.

“No. 2, yeah, he spent four years in the United States Senate being frustrated like everybody else that nothing got done, and then you can’t point to him and say well nothing got done and therefore he has no accomplishments,” Santorum added, saying that leveling that argument against Rubio is “bogus.”

“You got a completely feckless congress and you can’t say ‘well he was there and therefore it’s his fault,’” he said.

“It’s actually not a bogus argument,” Scarborough said, asking Santorum again for one accomplishment of Rubio’s in the Senate.

“Well, I know he included something that went after the insurance companies in the most recent omnibus. I know that he fought for that– to stop bailing out insurance companies,” Santorum said. “That’s one thing that I’m familiar with that I just saw recently, but — and again, he was on the campaign trail and accomplished that. The bottom line is there isn’t a whole lot of accomplishments, Joe, and I just don’t think it’s a fair question.”

Speaking later Thursday on Fox News, Rubio noted that Santorum had only endorsed him on Wednesday.

“Rick just signed onto the campaign, so obviously he’s working with us and, you know, we’ll have to continue to work on telling our story,” Rubio said.

h/t: The Right Scoop

Breaking: Brand New New Hampshire Poll Shows Big Change At The Top

Sen. Marco Rubio appears to have gained some real momentum coming out of Iowa, where he beat expectations finishing a close third to Donald Trump and within a few points of the winner Sen. Ted Cruz.

According WHDH/UMass Lowell poll, Rubio has surged into second place with 15 percent ahead of Cruz at 14 percent, while Donald Trump maintains a commanding lead in the Granite State at 36 percent. Governors Jeb Bush and John Kasich, who have spent a lot of time in New Hampshire, polled 8 and 7 percent, respectively, with Gov. Chris Christie coming in at 5 percent. 

A poll published on Monday by the same group ahead of the Iowa Caucus had Trump at 38 percent, Cruz at 12, Bush and Kasich at 9, Rubio at 8, and Christie at 7 percent. 

Rubio’s 7 point rise in two days appears to be driven mostly by a loss of support for the three governors in the field, while Cruz likely gained 2 points by chipping away at Trump’s lead.

As reported by Western Journalism, two candidates from the Republican field ended their bid for the nomination Wednesday: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. The latter announced his endorsement of Rubio last night on Fox News.

The 2012 Iowa Caucus winner told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteran Wednesday night, “We decided that we could be better advocates in supporting someone who shared those values and will do better in this race.”

The former senator added that he does not “endorse lightly” and described Rubio as “the new generation, and someone who can bring the country together.”

“We wanted to find a candidate that really espoused the values we believed in,” he said.

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh also had kind words to say about the Florida senator earlier in the week. “Marco Rubio is no moderate, Republican centrist,” adding, “I don’t see Marco Rubio as anything other than a legitimate, full-throated conservative,” he said. 

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The conservative firebrand described both Rubio and Cruz as “disciples of Ronald Reagan.”

h/t: WHDH