Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

WSJ Notices Rubio’s Broad Appeal


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Wall Street Journal‘s Washington Wire notes that two back to back WSJ/NBC polls show Rubio is the candidate with the most room to grow:

In the new poll, the 43-year-old Florida senator trailed Mr. Bush on the question of which Republican contender those same GOP voters would support, if the balloting began today, 18% to 23%, but he is the top choice when people were asked to name their top two picks. Some 41% of likely Republican primary voters said Mr. Rubio would be their first or second choice, ahead of Mr. Bush at 37% and Mr. Walker at 27%.

The results of these back-to-back Journal surveys make the case that Mr. Rubio enters the race with more room to grow in the polls than many of his rivals. The Florida senator was the most acceptable candidate among a number of various sub-groups within the GOP, including people who voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 primary, tea party supporters, so-called “values” voters, and Republicans who regularly listen to conservative talk radio.

Readers of will recall Clint Cline’s superb analysis of a Quinnipiac poll that came to the same conclusion over a week ago.  Read it here first!

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action. 

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

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