- [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] won the night. Nobody wants to tussle with Ted. Even if you support another candidate, would you want your candidate to go one on one with Cruz in a debate? I doubt it. Cruz had the biggest moment of the CNBC debate when he accused the moderators of bias. Look for a Cruz to pick up a few points in polling, but not the lead. Cruz will probably sore as voters 2nd choice. As the field dwindles, the Cruz campaign will continue its steady accent.
- [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] had a big night. The establishment (minus Jeb) all wants Marco to do well, and he did. Rubio successfully counter-punched Bush and may have knocked Jeb out. Some could argue that Rubio won the night. But he needs to loosen up a little and perhaps he won’t sound so rehearsed. Still, Rubio passed a major test Wednesday night, and he’ll syphon support from Bush and Kasich.
- Chris Christie benefited from CNBC not focusing on conservative issues, so Christie could let his personality shine. Christie could have scored higher, but his “even by New Jersey standards..” comment may have hurt him at home more than helped him nationwide.
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