Marco Rubio Racks up the Endorsements Heading into New Hampshire Primary
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News February 06, 2016
Since his third place finish in the Republican Iowa caucuses, Senator Marco Rubio has been racking up endorsements. Since Monday, the Florida senator has officially received the support of two GOP senators – Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Tim Scott of South Carolina – along with five members of the Republican House caucus and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who dropped out of the 2016 Republican primary Wednesday.
Rubio’s campaign said the senator raised $2 million after his Iowa finish Monday, which he played off like a victory after nearly surpassing billionaire businessman and national front-runner Donald Trump for second place.
Rubio had been considered by the GOP establishment their best candidate to take on the eventual Democratic nominee, especially after other mainstream candidates, like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, failed to gain any ground in polls.
However, republican front runner, Donald Trump led convincingly in polls. At the same time, conservative firebrand Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who amassed millions in donations and beat Trump in Iowa, also looked like a strong contender.
But it was Marco Rubio’s third-place finish on Monday that seemed to give many Capitol Hill Republicans, the push to go all in with Rubio. In particular, the endorsements of Scott and Arizona Rep. Scott Salmon, a member of the House Freedom Caucus who endorsed Rubio on Wednesday, are particularly valuable.
Scott’s fellow South Carolinian, Sen. Lindsey Graham, endorsed Bush after dropping out of the Republican primary race in December.