Two high-ranking New Hampshire campaign officials for Marco Rubio have told PolitiStick that they are preparing for a fourth-place finish in Tuesday’s primary.
Rubio, who finished a strong third in the Iowa Caucus, barely behind second-place finisher Donald Trump, has been polling as high as second in New Hampshire in some recent polls, indicating a fourth-place finish would be considered a disappointment by the campaign.
The Real Clear Politics final average of recent polls has Rubio finishing in second place in the New Hampshire Primary as well, with Trump predicted to win by a whopping 17%, and Ohio Governor John Kasich coming in a close third.
The sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, predicted strong outcomes for both Ted Cruz, who defied 13 polls in defeating Trump in the Iowa Caucus, as well as for Kasich.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tried to pin the “robotic” moniker on Rubio in last Saturday’s GOP Debate. Time will tell whether the degree to which the accusation has hurt Rubio, if at all.
Following the Iowa Caucus, conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly slammed Rubio in a 15-page exposé over Rubio’s long record of supporting amnesty for illegal aliens. Schlafly, who supported Rubio’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign said that he “betrayed us all.”
This week Tea Party founder Keli Carender, in an exclusive Politistick op-ed, called out Rush Limbaugh for referring to Rubio as a “full-throated conservative,” saying that he’s “a sleazy snake” and that his “electability is a myth.”
Polls in the New Hampshire primary close at 7:00 PM ET.