VIA| Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was betting everything on a big win today in his home state of Florida. But the Sunshine State seems to be rejecting him, as a prominent state-wide office holder just endorsed conservative businessman Donald J. Trump!
Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi – Florida’s top law enforcement official – wants to see Trump in the White House. This endorsement is incredible…
Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday became the highest-ranking state official to endorse Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner in the presidential race.
Trump and Hillary Clinton are both heavily favored to win Florida, according to the polls, and both plan to hold their Tuesday night victory celebrations in South Florida as results from Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina also pour in.
Bondi, who had initially backed Jeb Bush for president before the former Florida governor dropped out, praised Trump for his outspoken style.
“People today are looking for leadership, the kind that Mr. Trump offers, that’s unafraid to tell it like it is and will do something about renewing America’s strength and greatness. … We have been friends for years, and I know his family personally. I’ve seen first-hand how he leads, and how he cares deeply about the people of this country,” Bondi said in a statement issued by the Trump campaign.
As Politico notes, Rubio would need “a miracle” to win today, and is preparing to a major defeat:
Buried by an avalanche of awful Florida poll numbers, Marco Rubio’s campaign for president has hit the last stage of grief: Acceptance.
“Marco’s at peace; he knows he put it all out there and whatever happens happens,” said a longtime Rubio backer and fundraiser. “His faith is real. He knows he has been blessed. But don’t get me wrong: We’re still praying.”
More than one Rubio supporter has described the likelihood of a win as a “miracle.”
Barring divine intervention, the cold hard math of the polls will come to bear. The surveys vary wildly, showing Donald Trump with anywhere from a 5- to a 23-percentage-point lead. But they all share one common trait: A Rubio loss. And they’ve been that way since August.
And bad news from pollsters…
“What’s that old line from the movie: There’s a million-in-one shot, so I have a chance, right?” said Mason-Dixon Polling & Research pollster Brad Coker, referencing the popular internet meme from the movie “Dumb and Dumber.”
“I just can’t see any way Rubio can salvage a win,” Coker said. “The numbers just aren’t there.”
If Rubio can’t even win in his home state, he should drop out of the Presidential race immediately. Otherwise, he’s only sticking around to hope for a disastrous RNC convention in Cleveland, Ohio.