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The Lid: Marco Rubio’s Upside

Image: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rubio speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Senator Marco Rubio speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina on September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane CHRIS KEANE / Reuters

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Though Marco Rubio has mostly polled in the middle of the crowded GOP field throughout the 2016 campaign, he has consistently been near the top when it comes to who Republican primary voters say they could see themselves supporting. Our latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds that 63 percent of primary voters COULD support the Florida senator. That puts him in second in that category, slightly behind Ben Carson, who is on leads with 69 percent.

A political eternity ago, way back in March, the candidate who had the highest net possible support was Scott Walker (okay, so THAT didn’t turn out that well.) But Rubio was in second place even back then, which means that he’s held a remarkably stable position of wide acceptability to a broad swath of GOP primary voters throughout the Summer of Trump and beyond. Even more than his recent uptick to the top-ish tier in national polls, his durability throughout a time of a lot of political upheaval shows that his campaign’s slow-and-steady approach is paying off so far.

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CAMPAIGN QUICK READS

From the New York Times: Big donors are no longer willing to sit on the sidelines and write checks -- they want in on the action.

CRUZ: The Texas Tribune’s Abby Livingston notes that Ted Cruz’s primary strategy is focused not on states, but on delegates - particularly in the SEC primaries.

PAUL: POLITICO reports that one of his super PACs has stopped raising money, blaming Paul’s pivot away from libertarian views.

FOR THE RECORD…

“I don’t even know what the issues are. I haven’t paid attention to politics in a long time. It’s actually not something that I really even enjoy.”

  • Tom Brady, clarifying his previous comments in support of Donald Trump.

TOMORROW’S SKED

Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump campaign in New Hampshire.

John Kasich and Bobby Jindal are in Iowa.

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