The tides are starting to shift in the race to be the Republican nominee. Slowly but surely, the debates are winnowing the field. With growing intensity, enmity between rival candidates is starting to come to a boil. And the happy free-for-all scene of the early primary season, where every elite endorsement was an open question and every billionaire’s bundle was parked in the bank, is coming to a close. The possibilities aren’t endless anymore. The available resources aren’t infinite anymore. And the race to grab the brass ring is starting to feel quite cutthroat.
The past fortnight has been all about changes in fortune and direction. Marco Rubio, having drafted behind his old mentor long enough, is coursing around on an intercept-and-pass path with Jeb Bush. Ted Cruz, emphasizing his ability to pivot between insider and outsider, is in a comfortable lane. You have Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee falling from the debate main stage to the undercard. You have Lindsey Graham falling from the undercard into oblivion.
Who has the path to victory now? Well, everyone does! It’s just that some people’s paths are less pitfall-strewn than others. On this week’s First To Last, we’ll breakdown who’s cruising, and who’s losing.