Marco Rubio is under pressure to win big in his home state of Florida. But that might be a big problem for him if poll numbers don’t change.
The Florida Republican primary will be March 15 and, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Donald Trump is ahead of Rubio in Florida.
The poll shows Trump is leading with 44 percent. Rubio is second with 28 percent while Ted Cruz has 12 percent. John Kasich has 7 percent while Ben Carson generated just 4 percent.
Rubio appeared on CBS This Morning Wednesday and was asked about his Florida chances. Gayle King, reminding Rubio that he’s trailing in the polls, asked him in which state he planned on beating Trump.
“We’ll win in Florida now that Gov. Bush is no longer in the race,” Rubio said with confidence.
But Rubio’s rationale of winning Florida is problematic, because the Quinnipiac poll did not have Jeb Bush as an option for respondents because he dropped out of the race prior to the survey. As a result, there are no Bush votes available in the poll results that would shift to Rubio
Rubio may need to rely on the field of Republican candidates dwindling by the time the Florida primary is held, something which he told CBS needs to happen. The results of next week’s Super Tuesday Republican primaries may indeed encourage some of the remaining candidates like Carson and Kasich to end their race for the presidency. If Carson and Kasich do drop out, Trump, Rubio and Cruz would be the only remaining candidates and may give Rubio and Cruz a better chance of winning the primary.
Richard Rainey of the Times-Picayune explained Super Tuesday’s importance. “Super Tuesday is the nickname given to the one day in every Republican and Democratic presidential primary cycle where the most states vote at once, often dramatically culling the candidate field before the summer’s national conventions,” Rainey writes.
The 10 states holding primaries on Super Tuesday Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.