While Ted Cruz enjoys a surge of support in Iowa that has propelled him to second place among other GOP candidates in that state, Marco Rubio has done the same in the far more important primary state of New Hampshire. Iowa has long little more than an interesting sideshow warm-up to the main show nomination process – a show that most often begins in New Hampshire.
So having solidified his place in the Granite State, Senator Rubio is now determined to make certain Ted Cruz’s appeal goes no further than Iowa and from there, Mr. Rubio sees a path to the GOP nomination.
Jeb Bush is floundering in the low single digits nationally, and has just 7 points in New Hampshire, a state he should have won easily if not for the remarkably unconventional and popular insurgent campaign of Donald Trump. Team Bush is very-very close with the Republican Establishment, and while Bush still hopes for a comeback miracle in New Hampshire, he is said to have also quietly let it be known he will bow out if he fails to make a strong showing in what is the first actual primary voting state on the way to the GOP nomination.
With Bush pushed aside, and likely other candidates like John Kasich and Chris Christie along with him, Team Rubio sees their next primary target to be that of Ted Cruz. The Texas senator has enjoyed a sizable bump in his polling following the just as sizable decline of Dr. Ben Carson. Carson’s supporters appear to have flocked first to Cruz, and then split between Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.
That was not the original plan as reported by D.C. Whispers first with the following report months earlier:
Republican Establishment Prepares For Trump’s Demise – Enter Marco Rubio Stage Left…
“…Such a plan does appear to have an element of very simple math – add Jeb Bush’s support, then Ben Carson’s, and that would likely leave Marco Rubio in an almost-dominant position to potentially run the table on Super Tuesday which will take place on March 1st and represent over 400 delegate votes.
Tens of millions of dollars are set to pour into the Rubio campaign and related super-PAC’s in the coming weeks to make certain the senator does just that.”
Unfortunately for Rubio, Donald Trump’s campaign has refused to wither under the onslaught of political and media establishment rebuke. In fact, it appears to have grown stronger. To further complicate things, so too has the Ted Cruz campaign. So while the “Rubio Plan” has worked in part, helping to make the Florida senator one of the top three Republican candidates in the race, much work remains if he is to actually overcome the Trump factor.
That overcoming now appears to require Ted Cruz be pummeled into submission, no small feat given Mr. Cruz’s penchant for fighting back with almost as much success as Donald Trump. With that political reality in mind, Republican operatives are now said to be actively pushing a Trump vs Cruz media blitz that will have the two most prominent anti-establishment campaigns weakening one another to better ensure Mr. Rubio emerges victorious.
As of this morning, it appears that campaign is underway, signaled by the following report via NBC News:
“…After reports that Ted Cruz raised questions about Donald Trump’s judgment this week at a closed-door fundraiser, it was only a matter of time before the real estate mogul went on the offensive.
On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that Cruz “is getting ready to attack” and painted the Texas senator as beholden to donor “bosses.”
There can be little doubt the small scuffle between his two greatest GOP rivals brought a knowing smile to Marco Rubio’s face…
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