He did his best to paint the showing as a victory, saying his campaign exceeded expectations and "has left the Washington cartel utterly terrified". He no longer hides from his name - he's asked his brother to campaign for him - and he acknowledges that: "I'm part of the establishment".
"One of the most important conclusions coming out of these first two states", Cruz added, "is that the only candidate who can beat Donald Trump is me". John Kasich scored well in New Hampshire but will have trouble convincing Republicans elsewhere that he's conservative enough.
Cruz's supporters believe that the Texas senator's finish behind Trump and Kasich on Tuesday cleared the path for Cruz as a constitutional conservative. He's got a target on his back from the well-financed Bush, but he's also taking daily heat from Democratic PACs and politicians who view him as the most serious national threat to Hillary Clinton.
Clinton has eyes on the Colorado Democratic Caucus on Super Tuesday, March 1. Lewandowski said positive ads worked in New Hampshire, a primary Trump won in landslide, 20 points ahead of the closest competition.
These topics will be heavy on the minds of SC voters when they cast their ballots. His campaign confirmed former President George W. Bush will campaign in SC next week.
His brother handily defeated John McCain in the 2000 SC primary, which allowed him to solidify support and eventually secure the Republican nomination. With the single exception of 2012, when the state backed Newt Gingrich, South Carolina has voted for the eventual GOP nominee since 1980.
Trump rebounded tremendously with his New Hampshire runaway, and now the NY billionaire who calls Palm Beach his part-time home looks to be South Florida's best presidential hope. Voters packed polling sites, and with open primaries in both parties, turnout was expected to surge from 2012 figures.
Jeb Bush has struggled in the fight for the Republican nomination and now he's asking his big brother - George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States - for help.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was in New Hampshire on a project unrelated to the primary.
To date, almost $26 million has been spent on radio and television advertising, according to advertising tracker Kantar Media's CMAG.
Mr. Cruz was unable to match his Iowa performance, but that was more adherence to form than a break from custom. While somewhat of a target, his supporters - libertarians and the sparse New Hampshire evangelical population - were not easily transferrable to more establishment candidates.
It will be the first time that the ex-commander in chief campaigns with Jeb at a public event since the former governor of Florida launched his presidential bid last June. For his part, Rubio also said he's ready to engage more in direct contrasts with his opponents.