The same day that Marco Rubio’s strategists were hyping headlines like “How Marco Rubio Plans to Win South Carolina” from Time and “Rubio surges back to electrify South Carolina” from Politico, they simultaneously told The State that they’d “count a third-place finish as a success.”
Not only that, Team Marco had one of its top in-state surrogates, Rep. Trey Gowdy, go on the record and weakly defend up their yet-another-loss-is-a-win narrative: “Third is not bad here.”
Rubio’s campaign has been called out for their expectations-setting nonsense before — and we all saw the embarrassment it earned them in New Hampshire — but they just don’t seem to care.
So, at what point does Rubio actually win a state?
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