To say that Marco Rubio had a bad night on Tuesday is an understatement. Rubio came in last place in Michigan and Mississippi, and third place in Hawaii (a state some thought he would win) and Idaho. To make matters worse, he did not win any delegates at all, as his numbers were so low that they didn’t meet any necessary thresholds.
Many people are calling for Rubio to drop out of the GOP race, but when should he do it?
His home state of Florida – a winner-take-all state – votes on March 15. Rubio’s campaign thinks if he wins the state, he can start to mount a comeback. However, in my opinion, winning Florida won’t be enough for the young senator – he won’t be able to catch Donald Trump or even Ted Cruz. He won’t win a brokered or contested convention.
And there’s another problem, polls indicate that Rubio is not even going to win Florida. The latest CNN/ORC poll shows Donald Trump with 40 percent support and Rubio with just 24 percent in The Sunshine State.
So should Rubio drop out BEFORE Florida? It might help his political career long-term if he gets out before getting crushed in his home state. What do you think?
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