First Read's Morning Clips: Live Free or Die

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Image: Marco Rubio Holds First In The Nation Debate Countdown Rally In Derry, NH
People wait in line to meet Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and have their photograph taken with him at the conclusion of a campaign rally in the Hood Middle School gymnasium February 5, 2016 in Derry, New Hampshire. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

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OFF TO THE RACES: Do or Die in the Live Free or Die State?

The local headlines, one day before the primary:

Union Leader: "Snow Arrives Just in Time for Primary Day" and "Rubio On Defensive As Rivals Close In"

Concord Monitor: "Ground Game: Strong."

Portsmouth Herald: "Crowd Turns Out for Sanders"

Valley News: "Trump: Vote for Me or No One"

NPR's Domenico Montanaro (a former Peacock!) writes: "Because of a quirk in how the state party allocates delegates and how fractured the "establishment" field is, it could mean that an anti-Trump vote will actually be a vote for the New York billionaire... Some 40 percent of Trump's delegates could be coming from people who cast their votes explicitly in opposition to him — or at least for candidates running very different campaigns."

Jane Timm writes that New Hampshire could be do-or-die for governors in the Granite State.

BUSH: POLITICO's Glenn Thrush interviewed a Jeb Bush who just happens to be "a little pissed off" at the tenor of the GOP race, the attitude of Marco Rubio's campaign and the beating his brother took during his final years in the White House.

Playing word association on Morning Joe this morning, Jeb Bush used one word to describe Donald Trump: "Loser."

CHRISTIE: The New York Times looks at how Christie is hoping that he's upended the race in New Hampshire within the last two weeks.

CLINTON: The Washington Post writes that Hillary Clinton is struggling to get women -- young and old -- to back her over Bernie Sanders.

Bill Clinton unloaded on Bernie Sanders, suggesting that the Vermont senator's plans are "hermetically sealed" from reality.

The New York Times looks back at how Bill Clinton engineered a comeback win here.

RUBIO: The Washington Post with the big picture coming out of the weekend: "Trump has held a dominant lead in the polls in New Hampshire for months. There was a growing sense on the ground in recent days that Rubio might surf a wave of buzz and goodwill to contend for the top spot, but party strategists said the debate probably closed whatever opening may have existed."

The Wall Street Journal looks at his efforts to bounce back after Saturday night's debate.

SANDERS: This is becoming a familiar refrain, via the AP: "The American Legion has asked the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to "cease and desist" from using the organization's emblem in campaign fliers. The American Legion wrote to Sanders' Senate office that it did not have permission to use the emblem in his campaign fliers."

TRUMP: He's striking a populist tone in New Hampshire, writes Benjy Sarlin.

The AP sums up his day yesterday: "The billionaire businessman had begun his day with an attempt to do things "the New Hampshire way" by engaging in more personal interactions with voters, stopping by Chez Vachon, a hole-in-the-wall Manchester restaurant that specializes in French Canadian fare and is a popular stop for political candidates. But while some candidates work to connect with voters by answering questions and even sitting down at their tables, Trump spent less than five minutes circling the restaurant, greeting diners and shaking hands before sitting down for his own breakfast."

The Washington Post looks at how crucial it is for him to prove to supporters that he can win here in New Hampshire.

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