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The GOP 'Establishment' Still Doesn't Have Its Guy

With Chris Christie set to drop out, things are getting clearer but are far from set.
Posted at 7:54 PM, Feb 10, 2016

The so-called "establishment lane" of the GOP race is a mess.

It's down to Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio, but there isn't one clear front-runner. And they're splitting the part of the party that doesn't want Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. (Videos via Kasich for AmercaMarco Rubio for PresidentJeb 2016

Bush was an early favorite for the establishment spot because his fundraising blew everyone out of the water.

But Rubio pulled ahead in early fall. And in Iowa, Rubio beat the other establishment candidates by a lot, picking up some momentum.

Then this week, Kasich came in second in New Hampshire, which really just confused things even more.

Granted, Chris Christie dropping out clears things up a little bit.

But without one clear establishment front-runner, the three candidates are left to spend their money attacking each other. (Video via Right to Rise

The New York Times reports rivals have spent the most money attacking Rubio — more than $20 million on attack ads. The vast majority of that was spent by a PAC supporting Bush.

And without a clear establishment front-runner, the three candidates are left to fight amongst themselves.

"You changed your stance on immigration, because you used to support a path to citizenship," Rubio said.

"So did you," Bush said. (Video via Fox News

... rather than focusing on these guys.

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