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Rubio's Breakout Debate, By the Numbers

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Rubio Catches Fire, Rattles Donald Trump at GOP Debate

Florida Senator Marco Rubio aimed straight for the bullseye in Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate: Billionaire front-runner Donald Trump.

Just days from Super Tuesday, the showdown in Houston marked Rubio's -- and Texas Senator Ted Cruz's -- last best chance to curb Trump's momentum before the biggest one-day delegate haul of the race. Try they did: Cruz mentioned Trump four times more than even “America,” combining with Rubio to name-check the front-runner 79 times.