MANCHESTER, N.H. (WWLP) – So much is at stake in Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate. While seven candidates will take the stage at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, not all of those candidates may move on to the next contests in South Carolina and Nevada.
22News political consultant Tony Cignoli says that Florida Senator Marco Rubio will be watched closely, following his third-place finish in the Iowa Caucuses. He has been a target of not only leading candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, but also some of the so-called “establishment” GOP candidates, particularly former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. A strong finish for Rubio on Saturday night could be huge for his candidacy going forward.
He says to also look out for a “battle of the governors.” Jeb Bush, along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Governor John Kasich have been competing for the support of moderate Republicans, and have been counting on a breakout performance in New Hampshire. Cignoli said that if these governors do not perform well tonight, they could soon be out of the race.
22News reporter Kait Walsh dicussed some of Saturday night’s major points with political consultant Tony Cignoli. Watch their discussion in the video above.