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Marco Rubio scores backing of Nevada, Minnesota and North Carolina lawmakers

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The list of current and former lawmakers backing Marco Rubio is growing. On Monday, the Rubio campaign announced the backing of North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Nevada Rep. Cresent Hardy. The endorsements come just days after the Florida Republican came in second in South Carolina. “It has been a tough time in this country and this district and I think Marco will help bring our economy back. He will strengthen this country. He will…

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Reporter’s notebook: What happened in New Hampshire this weekend

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All the heavyweights for the GOP presidential 2016 race were in Nashua, N.H., this weekend — Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. But while those six men are always mentioned when it comes to “serious” contenders, over a dozen other men — and one woman — who say they are pondering entering the race also spoke at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit, and I was there to observe it all from just a…

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