Florida Sen. Marco Rubio arrived in here with momentum from a third place finish in Iowa but is now deemphasizing the strong possibility of a similar result in the Granite State.
“Well, every state is different,” Rubio told “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt on Monday evening. “You know, in New Hampshire you have some candidates that literally have a campaign nowhere else. They only have a New Hampshire campaign. And so these are people that have invested all of their resources in one place. So that’s a challenge.”
“You have Donald Trump that’s consistently been in first place now since June or July. He’s the clear front-runner. So it’s a crowded field,” he said.
“This is a very unusual election. I think it would be a mistake to judge this election by any of the metrics of past elections. We’ve never had six or seven well-funded, credible candidates running for president on the Republican side at the same time,” he added.
Rubio’s mostly criticized performance at the Republican debate at Saint Anselm College on Saturday appears to have shaken the Rubio campaign’s confidence, despite insisting that the Florida Republican’s repetition of the same attack line against President Obama during the debate did not harm him in the polls.
Rubio campaign spokesman Todd Harris told reporters after the debate, “All we have to do is look at what our fundraising totals are and, as I said, we’re still counting the money, but as I left to come over here we raised three times more money than we had in any previous debate. It speaks for itself.”
Dr. Lee Meringhoff, an assistant professor of political science and director of the Marist Institute Public Opinion told The Daily Caller that he does not believe Rubio’s debate moments on Saturday is a political death blow to his campaign.
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