Florida’s Rubio, Bush Head To New Hampshire With Fewer Competitors

By  //  February 2, 2016

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ABOVE VIDEO:  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) thanks supporters in Iowa for helping him finish among the top three in the Iowa. caucuses.  (Video courtesy of C-SPAN)

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Following the Iowa Caucuses and the departures of Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R- PN) from the 2016 U.S. Republican Presidential Primary, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Sen. Marco Rubio.(R-FL) head into New Hampshire facing different challenges while sharing the same goal: A top-3 finish in the primary on Feb. 9.

ABOVE VIDEO: Presidential canidate Donald Trump thanks supporters for helping him finish in second place in the Iowa caucuses. (Video courtesy of C-SPAN)

The top three candidates in the GOP field were separated by only five percentage points. Sen. Ted Cruz earned the most support, finishing with 28 percent of the vote from Republican voters, which gained him eight of Iowa’s 30 delegates.

Cruz was followed by Donald Trump, who finished with 24 percent seven delegates, and Rubio finished stronger than multiple major national polls predicted, with 23 percent and 7 delegates.

For several weeks leading up to the caucuses, multiple polls showed Rubio with support ranging from 12 to 15 percent in Iowa.

Rubio’s stronger than expected finished was credited to support from voters who decided on their candidate after viewing the final debate.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush received 5,165 votes in Iowa and one delegate, which constituted 2.8 percent of the Republican turnout, placing him in sixth place in the Iowa caucus.

Pediatric nuerosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson finished fourth, with 10 percent of the vote, good enough for three delegates, followed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) with 4.5 percent of the vote and one delegate.

Bush  received 5,165 votes in Iowa and one delegate, which constituted 2.8 percent of the Republican turnout, placing him in sixth place in the Iowa caucus.

Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich each finished with 1.86 percent each. Huckabee finished with 1.79 percent, Chris Christie finished with 1.75 percent, Santorum finished with 0.95 percent and Jim Gilmore finished with 0.01%.

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On the Democratic side of the ticket, former Sec. of State and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) split with just under 50 percent each and the remaining votes going for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who exited the race following his third-place finish.

At last count, Clinton held a single-digit delegate lead over Sanders.