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New poll has Marco Rubio within striking distance of Donald Trump in Florida

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Although Marco Rubio and his camp continue to say that he will Florida in the winner-take-all GOP presidential primary on March 15, there’s been little statistical evidence to date indicating that might be possible. Until now. A poll taken by the Tarrance group released Saturday shows Donald Trump continuing to lead in Florida, but only by five percentage points over Rubio, 35.4 percent to 30.3 percent. Ted Cruz is a distant third at 15.5 percent, and John Kasich is at 8.5 percent. Ben Carson, who dropped out of…

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Ben Carson spent heavy on consultants, light on 2016 campaigning

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Ben Carson ran for president, and his consultants won. The political newcomer who said this week he sees “no path” to the Republican nomination raised more money than any other GOP contender, $58 million since he began his bid last May. But Carson’s campaign burned through much more of that money on fundraising and consultants than on mass media advertising, on-the-ground employees and other things that could have swayed voters, a review of his campaign finance reports found. Carson’s campaign…

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Viewer’s Guide: GOP debate about Donald Trump vs. everyone else

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And then there were four. Ben Carson‘s departure from the GOP presidential race means the quartet of remaining Republicans on the debate stage Thursday night get more time for attacks as Donald Trump treads a path to the GOP nomination and his three rivals try to trip him up. Cheered on by many Republican leaders, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich are racing the primary clock to March 15, likely their last chance to stop Trump in a series…

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After Super Tuesday, cold hard delegate math

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Presidential candidates will wake up Wednesday morning to the cold, hard truth of delegate math. It might give the front-runners some breathing room, but for the rest of the field, the truth may hurt. What to watch for on the day after Super Tuesday doles out a quarter of all the delegates at stake in the GOP and Democratic nominating contests: THE TALLY: With 12 states awarding delegates, see how the delegate totals stack up when the dust settles. With…

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump cemented as 2016 leaders

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Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, emboldened by commanding victories Tuesday across large swaths of the country, are beginning to focus on each other in the race for the White House. Clinton previewed a “love and kindness” message while Trump traded his typical rollicking rallies for a sober media conference where he pressed his case that Clinton is a proven failure as a longtime politician. Both spoke from Florida, where the general election is often won or lost. That…

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PPP poll: Donald Trump holds 20-point lead over Marco Rubio in Florida

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Donald Trump is dominating Marco Rubio in a new poll of likely Republican Florida primary voters. According to a Public Policy Polling survey released Thursday night, Trump holds a 20-point lead over Rubio. Trump leads the Republican pack with 45 percent in the Sunshine State, followed by Rubio at 25 percent. Ted Cruz is at 10 percent, followed by John Kasich at 8 percent and Ben Carson at 5 percent. Trump dominates in a head-to-head match up with Rubio. In…

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AIF poll shows Donald Trump leads Marco Rubio by small margin

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Don’t call Florida for Donald Trump quite yet. Trump continues to lead in Florida, but that margin is shrinking, according to a new Associated Industries of Florida survey of likely Republican primary voters. Trump leads the GOP field with 34 percent, followed by Marco Rubio with 27 percent. Ted Cruz rounds out the Top 3 with 17 percent. The survey found Rubio is the most well liked among the top three Republican hopefuls. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they had…

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