Marco Rubio becomes early hope for mainstream U.S. Republicans

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio watch party in Des Moines IowaBy Emily Stephenson and Emily Flitter EXETER, N.H./MILFORD, N.H. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, emerging from the first presidential nominating contest in Iowa as the leading Republican mainstream contender, portrayed himself in New Hampshire on Tuesday as the party’s best hope to recapture the White House. “If I am the nominee, we are going to beat Hillary Clinton and it won’t be by the flip of a coin,” Rubio told supporters in Exeter, New Hampshire, taking a jab at the close Democratic race in Iowa between Clinton and challenger Bernie Sanders, where some precincts were decided on a coin flip.

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