Sen. Marco Rubio’s recent backing from a key billionaire donor, along with his surging popularity after Wednesday’s debate, could signal a long-awaited shift in the presidential race, analysts say. The Florida senator may be poised to dethrone business magnate Donald Trump as the GOP front-runner.
The senator has an “under-selling, over-delivering” approach that stands in stark contrast with Trump — and although Rubio hasn’t left Trump in the dust yet, that seems to be the way the wind is blowing, said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.
“I don’t think we’re necessarily at that point, but we’re making strides toward that,” O’Connell said. “He has to continue these debate performances.”