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After Rubio stumbles, rivals see opening in New Hampshire
BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) -- Marco Rubio's uneven debate performance just days before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary has emboldened a trio of governors seeking to stem his rise in the Republican race for president. But if Rubio's rivals can slow him in New Hampshire, they are likely to leave the GOP with a muddled mix of establishment contenders and no clear favorite to challenge Donald Trump and Ted Cruz....

Cruz embraces supporters on fringe of GOP
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) -- Some politicians run from polarizing endorsements. Ted Cruz seeks them out....

Christie, others hit final stretch in New Hampshire
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) -- It's less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn't need to win New Hampshire - but he'd like to....

Sanders campaign plans clash with political realities
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- Bernie Sanders promises voters a "political revolution" that will fundamentally remake the American economy and its education and health care systems....

The Latest: Trump appears off his game 2 days before NH vote
PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- The Latest on the race for president in the window between the Republican and Democratic debates and the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary on Tuesday: (all times local):...

How Donald Trump, with pizazz and bluster, took on the NFL
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump was known in New York by 1984 as a flashy newcomer to Manhattan real estate. But football, not business, was what drew 60 young women to the Trump Tower in early January of that year....

Trump: No White House run if he'd bought the Buffalo Bills
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's flirtation with professional football lasted for three decades. He never ended up with an NFL franchise despite repeated demonstrations of interest....

Clinton calls Flint water crisis 'immoral' in break from NH
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Taking a detour from New Hampshire's campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said Sunday that a water crisis in a Michigan city was "immoral" and demanded that Congress approve $200 million in emergency aid to address the community's battle with lead-contaminated water....

Debate Takeaways: Rubio shaken, Trump not stirred
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- There have been no higher stakes on a Republican debate stage in the 2016 campaign for president than there were Saturday night....

AP FACT CHECK: Fumbles from the Republican field
WASHINGTON (AP) -- What happened in Iowa didn't stay in Iowa. And when it reached the stage in the latest Republican presidential debate, Ted Cruz had some explaining to do....

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