Clinton’s share of the delegates awarded was revised slightly downward, to 49.84 percent, while Sanders’s total was bumped up to 49.59 percent.
Rubio took heat for repeating a talking point about President Obama during Saturday night's debate.
The senator from Vermont pushes an ambitious agenda two days ahead of the nation's first primary.
"He bounced back," one said. "He takes a licking and keeps on ticking. That’s what a politician needs to do.”
That stance separates Cruz from Sen. Marco Rubio, former governor Jeb Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
In conservative outlets where Rubio-skepticism has been rife, there was a surfeit of stories about the debate.
“I’m glad the American people are getting to see this before they make a mistake,” the New Jersey governor said.
The Vermont senator dismissed the notion that he is not sure-footed on international affairs.
The silver lining for Clinton: About a third of the New Hampshire Democrats surveyed in a new state poll said they haven’t made a final choice.