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Rubio stumbles with help from Republican governors who have nothing to lose

Rubio stumbles with help from Republican governors who have nothing to lose

Their campaigns hanging in the balance, the Republican governors running for president struck back in Saturday's debate, the last before New Hampshire votes on Tuesday. And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was their primary victim.

Rubio entered the debate with momentum, having transformed his surprise third-place finish in last week's Iowa caucuses into a surge in crowds, endorsements and polls here. For three governors who have been tightly packed with him behind Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Rubio's success spelled an imminent demise, and they moved aggressively from the beginning of the Manchester debate to undermine him.

If they are rewarded by higher standing come...

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