Iowa Emerges as Battleground for Establishment

Washington Post: “While New Hampshire remains the hub of activity for Christie and other establishment-favored Republican candidates, including Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, Iowa has suddenly emerged as a playground of opportunity, where an intense and stealthier battle among them is getting underway.”

None of the establishment candidates expects to win Iowa, but associates of Christie, Bush and Rubio see an opportunity for a victory of momentum — and positive media coverage — for whoever can capture the most mainstream Republican support. That faction, which the campaigns see as up for grabs, is estimated at anywhere from 20 to 35 percent of the electorate.

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