Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — A week ago, Marco Rubio was the best hope of the Republican establishment. Now, he's facing a path to his party's presidential nomination that could require a brokered national convention.
That's according to Rubio's campaign manager, Terry Sullivan, who told The Associated Press that this week's disappointing performance in New Hampshire will extend the Republican nomination fight for another three months, if not longer. It's a worst-case scenario for many Republican officials who hoped to avoid a prolonged nomination fight in 2016.
The public embrace of a possible brokered convention marks a sharp shift in rhetoric from Rubio's top adviser. It could be designed to raise alarm bells among Republican officials. But days after a disappointing fifth-place finish in New Hampshire, Rubio's presidential ambitions are truly facing growing odds.
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