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Published On: Mon, Mar 14th, 2016

Marco Rubio tanking in Florida, Ohio but will likely keep Cruz from beating Trump

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio has dropped to third place just days ahead of the primary in his home state of Florida, according to a CBS News poll released Sunday. Rubio’s refusal to exit the race has kept Donald Trump’s opposition divided despite Ted Cruz consistently winning or finishing ahead of Rubio.

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“You have a leading contender for president telling people in his audience, ‘Go ahead and punch someone in the face. I’ll pay your legal bills,’ ” Rubio said in Florida. “That’s wrong if our kids did it. That is disastrous if a president does it.”

The message isn’t resonating. The Florida primary is viewed as a must-win for Rubio, who significantly trails front-runner Donald Trump and the Texas Senator Cruz in the delegate count. Rubio’s drop in the poll appears to be another indication that his campaign might soon come to an end.

 

The CBS News 2016 Battleground Tracker poll shows Trump maintaining his lead in the state’s winner-take-all primary, in which 99 delegates are at stake. The billionaire businessman has 44 percent of the vote among registered voters in the state, compared to Cruz at 24 percent and Rubio at 21 percent.

The poll, conducted by the YouGov an online polling group, shows Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the remaining GOP presidential candidate, in a dead heat in Ohio, at 33 percent. They are followed by Cruz at 27 percent and Rubio at 5 percent.

On Sunday, Trump hit Kasich at rallies, including one in the Cincinnati area, for voting as a congressman in favor of the roughly 20-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement that critics say has taken away millions of manufacturing jobs, especially ones in so-called Rust Belt states such as Michigan, Illinois and Ohio.

Kasich faces a similar situation as Rubio, needing to win in his home state to keep any credibility in the race, despite not winning a single state at this point.

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