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Senator Marco Rubio Picks Up Momentum in '16 Race

By Daniella Diaz


(CNN) -- Marco Rubio may have placed third in the Republican Iowa caucuses, but the Florida senator broke a new record for chances to win the nomination in CNN's Political Prediction Market.

Rubio, who was second to Donald Trump for the nomination on the market before the Iowa caucuses, now ranks at 53% for the nomination, the highest chances ever recorded on the game.

Trump held the top record for highest chances in the Market last week at 50% odds for the nomination, but has since fallen to 23%, behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz -- the Iowa caucuses winner -- who has his chances at 24%.

CNN's Political Prediction Market is a game, administered by a company called Pivit, which factors polls and other elements, as well as lets Internet users play to predict outcomes for the 2016 election. It is not to be confused with polls from real voters.

In New Hampshire, Trump is leading for chances to win the state with 65% on the Political Prediction Market, while Rubio is second with 20% and Cruz is third with 10% odds.

In the latest CNN/WMUR poll released Thursday for Republicans, Trump is on top with a 29% chance to win the state, with Rubio in second place at 18%, and Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich almost tying for third place at 13% and 12%, respectively.

For winning New Hampshire on the Democratic side, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' odds are at 96% while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is at 4%.

Their chances for winning the Democratic nomination have remained the same, with Clinton at 78% and Sanders at 22% in the Political Prediction Market.

Clinton and Sanders are poised to debate each other Thursday night -- their first debate since the Iowa caucuses. In Iowa on Monday, the Democratic rivals nearly tied until Clinton was declared as the winner.

In a new CNN/WMUR poll released Thursday, Sanders has 61% support from voters in New Hampshire, versus Clinton's 30% support. The New Hampshire primary is scheduled for Tuesday.

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