The top two candidates in the Iowa caucuses may have been the Republican establishment’s nightmare scenario, but that establishment—with a giant assist from the media—is working on spinning Marco Rubio’s third-place finish into a win. With 99 percent reporting, Rubio took 23.1 percent, compared to 24.3 percent for Donald Trump and 27.7 percent for Ted Cruz.
Yet he got onstage and delivered a full-on victory speech…
Not only was Rubio running third in the final polls, he had been polling in third since mid-December, and before that had been in fourth since early September. While Trump’s lower than expected results let Rubio finish in a closer third than predicted, a “moment they said would never happen” this was not.
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