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Eye On Candidates
March 16, 2016

Rubio Exits Campaign

Following a disappointing second-place finish in his home state of Florida last night, Sen. Marco Rubio suspended his campaign last night. Politico reports:

Rubio suspends presidential campaign

Marco Rubio suspended his presidential campaign Tuesday night in Miami after losing his home state to Donald Trump.

After falling far behind Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the delegate race, Rubio needed a win in Florida just to survive. But he couldn’t overcome the strong support for the party’s unconventional and controversial frontrunner, who won Tuesday’s primary with more than 45 percent of the vote.

Rubio, a charismatic, young Hispanic lawmaker who outlasted his former mentor Jeb Bush in what began as a 17-candidate GOP nomination fight, finished in second place in Florida with 27 percent.

It isn't clear at this point whether Rubio's support is more likely to go to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich (few seem to think it will go to businessman Donald Trump, but 2016 has been full of surprises).