The Hill: Establishment Rallies Around Rubio in Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., departs through the kitchen after speaking at Wellman's Pub & Rooftop in West Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. )
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From Jonathan Easley writing at The Hill:

Buzz is growing on the ground in Iowa around Marco Rubio, who many political watchers believe is set for a stronger-than-expected showing at Monday’s caucuses.

In interviews with The Hill, Iowa Republicans and independent analysts in the state say Rubio is primed to break free from the second tier of contenders and finally emerge as the candidate to save the establishment from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, who are battling for the lead in Iowa.

“He easily has the greatest upside,” said Doug Gross, who served as Iowa finance chairman for the campaigns of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney.

“Mainstream Republicans are not comfortable with Trump or Cruz, and the more I hear from them, the more they say they’ve decided on Rubio. He has the greatest potential and it’s driven by pragmatism, a desire to win, and angst with the two front-runners.”

Read the rest of the story at The Hill.


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