First, Rubio was attacked hard by Christie, and he actually exposed him for his stiff talking points. Very early in the debate Rubio stumbled and repeated the same things over and over. By mid way through the debate to the end he finished strong, but he wasn’t thinking on his feet often and he was probably hurt the most. He was playing it too safe though he was very firm on his opinion on such divisive issues such as abortion, which is risky considering the Liberal NH. He lost the most, but his overall view of America to me is still very appealing.
Second, I think Bush won this debate hands down. He also really hurt Trump with his eminent domain opinion, it has to hurt Trump at the polls. His strength to me is his understanding of world affairs and with his experience in Florida he could really surge. If anyone saw the debate, I welcome you to argue that he didn’t win this debate.
Third, Cruz started strong and has expressed himself as the most conservative of the lot. His sincere apology to Carson regarding the campaign “misunderstanding” in Iowa gave him some points, and there were times he really looked strong.
Trump lost some ground, though not enough to hurt him too much in NH I imagine. Going forward, these jabs against him will add up.