As we begin to scrutinize the Super Tuesday activity, let it be said that the anti-establishment Republican voters are making a HUGE statement by giving Rubio the boot in his home state. Recent polls show, that even though “Little Rubio” has been taking some hard swings at the real estate mogul, he trails Trump by quite a bit in his own home state.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida may have taken on rival Donald Trump in a big way during the last debate, but polls show that he is losing badly to the front-runner in his home state of Florida.
The Public Policy Polling survey, taken before the Feb. 25 debate, found that Trump not only dominates the state’s polls but also heartily bests the Florida senator in a head-to-head match-up.
When stacked against all other Republican candidates, Trump led them by 45 percent to Rubio’s 25 percent, followed by 10 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, 8 percent for Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, and 5 percent for Ben Carson.
But even with former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida having dropped out of the race, Rubio still trails Trump in a match-up with 38 percent support to Trump’s 52 percent. Rubio comes out on top against all other candidates, with 56 percent to Cruz’s 25, 47 to Kasich’s 32 and 64 to Carson’s 21.
“Marco Rubio needs to hope [Feb. 25’s] debate was a big game changer,” Public Policy Polling’s president Dean Debnam said. “He was so weak going in that he couldn’t beat out Donald Trump one on one even in Florida.”
But Rubio’s bold performance during the debate, in which he hit Trump hard on a variety of issues, including the real estate tycoon’s personal and professional history, could provide him with some much-needed momentum.
“I guess there’s a statute of limitations on lies,” Rubio said after saying Trump illegally hired Polish workers instead of Americans in the past, CNN reported.
He later called Trump “anti-Israel” for saying he would negotiate with both Israel and Palestine.
“The Palestinians are not a real estate deal, Donald,” Rubio said, garnering loud applause.
He moved on to take a jab at the billionaire businessman’s privileged upbringing.
“If he hadn’t inherited $200 million, you know where Donald Trump would be right now?” Rubio said. “Selling watches in Manhattan.”
But whether or not this will be enough to win over some Trump supporters is unknown. Public Policy Polling found that 36 percent of Republicans said they might change their mind before the primary, but while 79 percent of Trump supporters said they are committed, only 54 percent of Rubio supporters said the same.
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