In a NBC interview, Rubio sought to downplay expectations as his rivals pummeled him over his uneven debate performance on Saturday.
“You know, in New Hampshire you have some candidates that literally have a campaign nowhere else. They only have a New Hampshire campaign,” Rubio said. “And so these are people that have invested all of their resources in one place. So that’s a challenge.”
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Republicans once hoped that New Hampshire voters would help narrow the number of candidates that survived last week’s Iowa vote. Yet it’s seeming more likely that the brunt of the Republican field will head to South Carolina, which holds its GOP vote on Feb. 20.
The three governors in the race have all promised to head South on Wednesday no matter the outcome of the New Hampshire vote. Meanwhile, the one-on-one matchup between Sanders and Hillary Clinton seems destined to continue for weeks as the two prepare for a prolonged battle over delegates.