First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.
After his strong debate performances, after the endorsements he's picked up and after Jeb Bush's weakened position, Marco Rubio looks to be the Republican frontrunner -- at least in the "establishment" bracket of the GOP race. And there's the emerging perception that, if the early contests started t...
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