A good night on the debate stage has put Marco Rubio on top of our GOP Power Rankings for the first time, and it gave Chris Christie his first taste of the top tier.
"Rubio is clearly on the rise after a strong debate performance," said Kristen Soltis Anderson, one of the 30 political experts we survey each week for their view of who is the strongest Republican candidate. "Cruz and Christie also did themselves favors in the debates," she said, but it's "still unclear how much the polls move as a result."
Rubio jumped from third to first place in our survey, and Christie moved up from eighth place to fifth.
Marco Rubio speaks at the Iowa GOP's Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa state fairgrounds in Des Moines on Oct. 31, 2015. (Nati Harnik, AP)
"Rubio and Cruz are widely regarded to be the 'winners' of the Oct. 28 GOP presidential candidate debate and Kasich and Christie also scored some attention for their debate performances," said Iowa State University's Dianne Bystrom.Read the rest of the story HERE and watch a related video below:
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