This debate really showed diversity in the candidates this time, with Trump coming out in front… again.
The Republican presidential field met one final time before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Top takeaways as GOP candidates battled at Saint Anselm College in Manchester:
Big night for the governors
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been hammering home a message for months that his experience running a state makes him more qualified to be president than, as he’s said derisively, “a first-term senator.” Ultimately that will be for the voters to decide, but Saturday night, the message resonated and the jabs landed, particularly against Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
“Every morning when a United States senator wakes up, they think about what kind of speech can I give or what kind of bill can I drop,” Christie said. “Every morning, when I wake up, I think about what kind of problem do I need to solve for the people who actually elected me.”
He wasn’t the only governor, past or current, who came across well, though. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida governor Jeb Bush each had strong debates, perhaps their strongest of the campaign.
But the problem for each of them, and perhaps for the so-called establishment wing of the GOP, is that if they all had good nights, and they each pull in roughly equal levels of support, who wins on Tuesday? Most likely, Donald Trump, who leads all polls.