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Marco Rubio wins the Puerto Rico primary

March 6, 2016

  While Puerto Rico residents are not allowed to vote in the general election both parties allow them to vote in the primaries, and the Republican primary was held today. Marco Rubio needed a little good news after his disastrous performance on Super Saturday and he got it today in the form of a landslide victory in Puerto Rico.

  Here is more:

With 44 percent of precincts reporting, Rubio was at 71 percent, well ahead of Donald Trump, who was a distant second with just 12 percent.

Rubio was the only candidate to visit the U.S. territory, holding a rally in a San Juan suburb on Saturday. The Florida senator also secured endorsements from the territory’s three RNC committee members, Republican chairwoman Jenniffer González Colón, committeewoman Zori Fonalledas, and former Gov. Luis Fortuño.

 Marco Rubio The best news of all for Marco Rubio in this is that Puerto Rico is a winner take all primary which means he won all 23 delegates. However he is still well behind Ted Cruz for second place in the delegate count.

  According to this article the delegate count before Puerto Rico was this: Donald Trump 392, Ted Cruz 305, and Marco Rubio 130. This will bring the Senator from Florida’s delegate count up to 153, roughly half of what Ted Cruz has won to date.

  Marco Rubio’s home state of Florida holds its primary on March 15th and with the Sunshine State awarding 99 delegates in a winner take all contest it is clear that Marco Rubio must win his home state in order to have any path forward to the nomination, however narrow that path might be. The polls do not look good for him at this point in time so there is always the slim possibility that he might drop out before the Florida primary to avoid the embarrassment of losing a state he had taken for granted he would win.

  At this point in the campaign I have to wonder if Marco Rubio and John Kasich are staying in the race in order to split the anti-Trump vote in an effort to keep Ted Cruz from the nomination. If so it really is a feather in the cap of Ted Cruz to see the more establishment candidates working to keep the Texas Senator from the nomination. Has anyone else noticed that Donald Trump is starting to flip-flop on several issues as of late, and if so what does that tell you?

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