Pro-Kasich Poll: Rubio's Support Is Cratering

Its survey shows him in 4th place
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2016 3:04 AM CST
Updated Feb 8, 2016 6:18 AM CST
Poll: Rubio's Support Sank After Debate
"Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he’s doing."   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Marco Rubio is widely agreed to have had a pretty rough night on Saturday—and it may have been bad enough to kill his chances in New Hampshire. According to a poll carried out on Sunday by a pro-John Kasich super PAC, Rubio has slumped to fourth place in the state with just 10% of the vote, just days after he was thought to be closing the gap on Donald Trump, reports Politico. The poll of 500 voters found that Trump is now way ahead with 35%, with Kasich second with 15% and Jeb Bush third with 13%. Chris Christie and Ted Cruz have 8% apiece, putting them in fifth and sixth place, according to the poll.

"It's one of the most dramatic drops I have ever seen in 48 hours," a spokesman for the pro-Kasich group tells Politico. "A rock doesn't do it justice." After Saturday night's debate, Rubio was mocked for repeating the same "25-second speech," even after Christie called him out on it. "I envy people who have message discipline to say the same things over and over again," Bush quipped at a New Hampshire event, per the New York Times, which notes that Democrats and Republicans alike are calling Rubio's "robotic" repetition one of the worst debate stumbles ever. A gloating Christie, meanwhile, says there "could be four or five tickets now out of New Hampshire, because the race is so unsettled now." (Read more Marco Rubio stories.)

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