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Marco Rubio urges for John Kasich vote in Ohio

Marco Rubio‘s campaign is urging people in Ohio to vote for his rival, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, to stop rival Donald Trump from clinching the prized contest.

Alex Conant told The Associated Press Friday that the only way to stop Trump from sweeping next week’s basket of winner-take-all contests is to vote for Kasich in Ohio and Rubio in Florida.

Conant said that “If you want to stop Trump in Ohio, Kasich’s the only guy who can beat him there.”

Conant added: “Marco is the only guy who can beat him in Florida.”

He later elaborated:

“John Kasich is the one candidate in Ohio that can beat Donald Trump. So if you’re a Republican voter in Ohio and you don’t want Donald Trump to be the nominee, John Kasich is your best bet.

“If you’re a Republican voter in Florida and you don’t want Donald Trump to be the nomine, Marco Rubio is your best bet. That’s indisputable.” said Conant.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols says that his candidate is going to win in Ohio without Rubio’s help “just as he’s going to lose Florida without our help.”

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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Pro-Marco Rubio super PAC calls on Floridians to ‘stop Trump’

A vote for anyone but Marco Rubio in Florida is a vote for Donald Trump.

That’s the message Conservative Solutions PAC, the super PAC backing Rubio, is sending in a new advertisement, called “Closest.”

“In Florida, a vote for Cruz or Kasich is a vote for Trump,” a man is heard saying in the 30-second spot.  “It’s time to stop Trump and elect a president we’ll be proud of, Marco Rubio. Florida, make it happen.”

Bloomberg Politics reported that outside groups and campaigns have committed to spending $9.2 million in ads in the Sunshine State leading up to the March 15 election. Conservative Solutions PAC is spending about $4.3 million, according to the report.

Rubio is trailing Trump in the polls in Florida, although the margin varies depending on the poll. Rubio leads Republican rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich in his home state.

The winner-take-all Republican primary is Tuesday.

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.10.16 – Why hasn’t the Florida GOP establishment rallied around Marco Rubio?

In what is being dubbed by critics as the “low-energy” summit, Jeb Bush is scheduled to meet today in Miami separately with John Kasich and Ted Cruz, after reportedly already meeting with Marco Rubio on Wednesday.

The idea being, I take it, is that Jeb might come out with an endorsement. If he’s going to do that, it should happen today, when it would have maximum impact, hours before tonight’s GOP presidential debate on the UM campus.

One would assume that Jeb won’t endorse Rubio. If he were to, what’s he been waiting for? What is remarkable is how many Florida Republicans who supported Bush (most of the Tallahassee establishment) have failed to lift a figure to help Rubio out once Jeb bowed out after his fourth-place performance in South Carolina last month.

Neither has former RPOF chair Al Cardenas, who allegedly is friendly with Marco and isn’t backing anyone in the race.

Richard Corcoran, Marco’s former chief-of-staff when he was House Speaker, notably endorsed Bush this year, as did Will Weatherford or many other former state legislators.

Has Marco become a creature against the Washington establishment that he castigates on a daily basis? The fact is that he does have a number of endorsements from Republicans – who he works with in Washington.

Not that it’s helped much.

An anecdote related by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn earlier this week I believe says volumes about Rubio’s outreach to the state that he’s represented in Washington over the past five years.

Buckhorn told MSNBC that he’s never met the senator, despite the fact that they’ve both been in office for the past half-decade.

The fact is, Rubio has rarely shown his face in Tampa at all since he was elected. He was a frequent visitor to the Bay area during his 2009-2010 campaign for Senate, but has been a stranger to these parts since.

I don’t have the statistics, but I would dare say it may have been less than a handful of times. The only time I can recall observing Rubio here was when he spoke before the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce in 2011.

In other news..

There are SO many polls in Florida regarding next week’s primary, , but they all come to the same conclusion regarding the GOP race – Marco Rubio is in deep against Trump. Then again, another poll shows Rubio within six points.

Bernie Sanders is calling on Rick Scott to veto the most recent bill limiting abortion in Florida that will soon reach his desk.

According to Facebook “interactions” over the past 30 days, Floridians are most interested in Cuba, followed by immigration when it comes to national issues. That differs from the rest of the country, where it’s religion and the economy who are one-two (we’ll have an update on that in an upcoming story today).

Some Florida immigration activists say they intend to register more Latino voters than ever this spring and summer, all so they can vote against Donald Trump this fall.

Well, it’s certainly exciting for all of those who are participating in the Florida presidential primary. Unless you’re an independent, non-party-affiliated voter, in which your s*it out of luck.

Darden Rice tells Florida Democratic leaders, “thanks, but no thanks,” to the suggestion that she run against GOP incumbent state senator Jeff Brandes this fall.

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Donald Trump leads Marco Rubio in Florida 42%-32% in new PPP survey

Another poll regarding Florida’s upcoming March 15 presidential primary again reveals that Marco Rubio is trailing by double-digits in the Sunshine State.

A private poll commissioned by Florida Democratic political consultant Christian Ulvert and produced by Public Policy Polling son Wednesday shows Donald Trump leading Rubio, 42 percent to 32 percent.

Ted Cruz is a distant third with 14 percent, and John Kasich is fourth at 8 percent.

On Monday, Rubio said that a vote for Kasich or Cruz was a vote for Trump, but the poll shows that even if those two other Republicans weren’t on the ballot in Florida, Trump would at worse be in a statistical tie. Trump leads Rubio in a one-on-one contest, 48%-45% , within the poll’s margin of error.

And it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to persuade Republicans to look away, as an overwhelming number of voters – 83 percent – said they were set on their choice, and couldn’t be persuaded otherwise.

“It’s clear that Marco Rubio continues to struggle with gaining traction in his home state,” said Ulvert. “The results from the PPP poll I commissioned confirms that regardless of the field, Rubio trails Donald Trump. Marco Rubio has been an absent U.S. Senator and his shortcomings are coming home to roost. He says it’s all about Florida and who ever wins Florida will be the Republican nominee and with less than a week until Primary Election Day, all signs point to a Donald Trump nomination.”

Ulvert is the former political director of the Florida Democratic Party, and previously served the Florida House of Representatives Democratic Caucus as communications director and policy advisor to House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber during his two-year leadership term.

PPP contacted 904 registered voters from a voter list and screened those who identified themselves as Republican voters. The survey took place on March 7-8, and has a margin of error of  +/- 3.3%

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Cuba, followed by immigration, are top trending issues on Facebook in Florida

Miami is the host for presidential debates of both major parties over the next 36 hours, but will the moderators focus on what Florida voters actually care about?

That certainly seems possible on Wednesday night, as Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos and The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty will probably be supplied with data from Facebook, one of the sponsors of the forum being held at Miami-Dade Community College in Kendall.

Cuba and immigration are the top two political issues that Florida residents have discussed on the social media platform over the past 30 days, according to statistics provided to Florida Politics.

The communist island has been in the news a lot lately, with President Obama scheduled to become the first U.S. president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. The Tampa Bay Rays are also scheduled to play an exhibition game against the Cuban national team on March 22 in Havana.  There’s also been media attention focused on Major Lazer’s concert at Havana’s Tribuna Antiimperialista on Sunday night before 400,000, according to a Cuban government report.

Second on the list is immigration, which undoubtedly will be discussed tonight, with the debate broadcast on Univision (and simulcast in English on CNN).

The size of government is third on the list of issues discussed in Florida on Facebook, followed by government ethics and homeland security and terrorism.

Compare that to the questions that have been most commonly discussed on Facebook nationally over the past month: religion, economy, immigration,  racial issues and taxes.

There’s less of a gap when it comes to what political candidates Florida Facebook users are talking about, vs. in the rest of the country.

Donald Trump is by a wide margin the most discussed political figure on Facebook, and it’s not even close. In Florida, there have been over 22 million interactions regarding Trump over the past month. The next most discussed politician was Hillary Clinton, who has had 8,975,000 interactions.

Clinton is next, with over 8,975,000 interactions, followed by Bernie Sanders, with 6,012,000 interactions.

Next come Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Cruz has had 3,656,000 interactions over the past month. Rubio has had 2,894,000. And John Kasich is last with 615,000.

That aligns exactly with how Facebook users nationally are talking about the candidates. Trump

Facebook says the figures that they look at are people – the number of individuals engaged in a conversation about the candidates – and the number of interactions those people generated. Interactions are an aggregate figure of all the likes, posts, comments and shares about a particular candidate from throughout Facebook in the U.S., not just the discussion on a given candidate’s page.

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Donald Trump wins Mississippi primary

Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in Mississippi, edging out Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to post his 13th state victory of the 2016 White House race.

The billionaire businessman extends his lead for the highly contested Republican nomination amid a growing outcry by party elites against his unorthodox candidacy.

Heading into Tuesday’s contests, Trump led the Republican field with 384 delegates, followed by Cruz with 300, Marco Rubio with 151 and John Kasich with 37. Winning the GOP nomination requires 1,237 delegates.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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Bay News 9 poll shows Donald Trump crushing Marco Rubio by 20 points in Florida

A new poll conducted by SurveyUSA for Tampa television station Bay News 9 and Orlando station News 13 shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton running away in the Florida presidential primary next week.

Trump leads Marco Rubio by a 20-point margin, 42 percent to 22 percent. Ted Cruz gets 17 percent, and John Kasich gets 13 percent.

Alex Conant, chief spokesman for the Rubio campaign, is disputing the accuracy of the polling. He told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki that the campaign has much more faith in a Monmouth University survey released on Monday that showed the Florida senator trailing Trump by only eight points, 38%-30%.

Another survey released by an anti-Trump group over the weekend had Rubio within five percentage points of Trump in Florida.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads  Bernie Sanders by 31 points, 61 percent to 30 percent.

The poll also shows that in three potential head-to-head match-ups between Clinton and GOP candidates in the fall, it’s a dead heat. That goes for Trump, Rubio and Cruz. The poll did not include Kasich in a one-on-one battle.

The poll was conducted by SurveyUSA from March 4-6. Pollsters surveyed 2,450 likely voters via home phones and smart devices. Respondents reachable on a home phone were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents who were not reachable by home phone were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other device.

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Marco Rubio: A candidate still searching for a viable base

Marco Rubio finds his Oval Office ambitions squeezed by Donald Trump‘s outsider ambush and the Republican Party’s resulting identity crisis.

The Florida senator has struggled to reconnect with the kind of voters who sent him to Capitol Hill six years ago as a tea party favorite, instead watching them fuel Trump and his closest challenger to winning the GOP presidential nomination, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Yet left to depend on more traditional Republicans, Rubio also has not fully harnessed the financial and organizational muscle of the GOP old-guard eager to derail Trump, with some backers of failed candidates like Jeb Bush remaining on the sidelines and others supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich. And even where Rubio has corralled establishment players, voters haven’t always followed.

Rubio insists he feels “real good about the map as we move forward,” telling The Associated Press in an interview late Sunday he believes voters across the GOP spectrum want “an optimistic message of conservatism,” not just “anger and frustration.”

But the result of Rubio’s pitch so far is two wins out of 20 nominating contests — the second coming Sunday in Puerto Rico — and now he faces a must-win March 15 primary in his home state, where polls suggest Trump remains well-positioned to capture the winner-take-all prize of 99 delegates.

Rubio said he doesn’t want to be cast either as an establishment figure or an outsider incapable of getting anything done. “I’ve only been in the Senate for five years, and I’ve kept my promises to fight hard against the status quo, and that’s why I’m running for president,” he said.

And he is projecting confidence hopscotching from Puerto Rico to Idaho and back to Florida after a string of defeats from Super Tuesday through Saturday. “We’re going to win Florida,” he promises, ahead of a “long slog” for delegates thereafter.

Still, his conundrum is on full display.

In Wichita, Kansas, he declared: “Every traditional institution in America is failing you.” He named “the media … higher education … big business … and, by the way … your politicians and your political parties.”

Rubio tells the story of his 2010 Senate bid, when he “took on” the “Washington establishment” by running against prohibitive favorite and then-Gov. Charlie Crist in the GOP primary.

Yet the senator also touts his 15 years in government — what he pitches as “taking conservative principles and turning them into conservative action”. Even more noteworthy, he embraces elected officials at one campaign rally after another.

In Idaho, which hosts its primary Tuesday, Sen. James Risch praised his colleague’s effectiveness and support for the Idaho National Laboratory, a federal energy research installation.

In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Mike Pompeo took the stage. Brownback — who has abysmal approval ratings amid sweeping state budget cuts — drew boos in Kansas City when called upon to introduce his guest. A day later, Rubio garnered 17 percent in the Kansas caucus, another third-place finish behind Cruz and Trump.

Rubio has campaigned with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. He lost both their states, registering just 11 percent on Jindal’s home turf.

In Puerto Rico, the senator held forth in English and Spanish on the island territory’s debt crisis and stagnant economy. “Your government spends more money than it takes in,” while high taxes and regulations “make it harder to do business,” he said. He did so surrounded by Puerto Rican power players.

Though he affirms the anti-establishment fervor, Rubio also takes shots at Trump and what the GOP leader calls a “movement” of the “silent majority.”

“Don’t give into the fear,” Rubio told supporters Sunday in Idaho Falls, Idaho. “Do not allow the conservative movement to be defined as anger.”

In Kansas, he offered a more ominous warning. “Every movement in human history that has been built on a foundation of anger and fear,” he said, “has been cataclysmic in the end.”

In his most explicit moments, Rubio declares Trump’s nomination “would shatter the party and the conservative movement.” Of course, he later told reporters in Kansas that he would support Trump if he is the nominee.

Some of Rubio’s supporters explain the apparent tightrope.

Mike Moody, a 68-year-old veterinarian in Eureka, Kansas, called Trump “unstable” and not “trustworthy,” adding that his supporters are “idiots if they think Mexico is going to pay for that wall” at the U. S-Mexico border.

But, Moody says, “I’m going to vote Republican in November no matter what.”

For his part, Rubio rejects any notion that his approach is haphazard or perhaps contradictory, instead framing it as the only way to “unite this party” and, ultimately, the country.

“I will seek to be the president for all Americans, even those who don’t vote for me,” Rubio said.

But, for now, he clearly needs more of them to do just that.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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

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 the race officially on Friday, is at 4.6 percent.

Who gets those Carson voters is crucial, obviously.

The Tarrance group asked voters to list their top three choices. Overall, Rubio received a combined 66.6 percent of combined 1st, 2nd and 3rd ballots. Trump was next with 54.7 percent, Cruz was at 52.7 percent and Kasich fourth with 40.8 percent.

The poll indicates that there’s certainly time for Rubio to catch up to Trump. While over 56 percent of those polled have already decided on their candidate, 23.5 percent say they are still looking at several candidates.

The survey also gives credence to those who claim that Trump’s appeal, while more than any other Republican running this year, caps at below 40 percent. When asked if they would never vote for Trump, 32.4 percent agreed with that statement, with 29.4 percent saying they “strongly” held that opinion.

The poll contains the results of a telephone survey of 800 registered “likely” Republican primary voters in the state of Florida. Responses to this survey were gathered February 29-March 2, 2016.

The Our Principles PAC commissioned the poll, a Super PAC created to bring down Donald Trump. It was founded Katie Packer, a veteran Republican strategist who served as deputy campaign manager of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Last week the group hired former Jeb Bush spokesman Tim Miller to be their communications adviser.

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Sun Sentinel says it won’t make an endorsement in Republican primary

The Sun Sentinel won’t to endorse in the Republican presidential primary, the newspaper’s editorial revealed this week.

In an editorial posted Friday, the editorial board said it was “not going to make an endorsement in Florida’s March 15 Republican presidential primary because the kind of person who should be running is not in the race.”

“We cannot endorse businessman Donald Trump, hometown Sen. Marco Rubio or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz because they are unqualified to be president. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the best of the bunch, but if you measure a candidate by the caliber of his campaign, Kasich’s lack of traction and organization make a vote for him count for little,” the board said in its editorial.

It continued: “We showed our cards a year ago, before the extraordinarily large field of Republican candidates shaped up. We favored the adult in the room, Jeb Bush, a smart, experienced and principled conservative. But the nation wasn’t ready for another Bush, and our former governor wasn’t ready for the anti-establishment edge in today’s Twitter-fueled campaign era.”

Here’s what the newspaper had to say about three of the remaining Republicans in the field:

On Trump: “The presidency is serious business, not reality television. Trump may be entertaining, but he lacks the experience and temperament to be president. He does not deserve your vote.

On Rubio: “Rubio lacks the experience, work ethic and gravitas needed to be president. He has not earned your vote.”

On Cruz: Cruz scares us. “He also should scare Republicans who want to win in November. Cruz has not earned your vote.”

The paper said Kasich would be “a strong candidate in November” if he were to survive the primary. However, the editorial board said while he is “the most qualified of the four candidates left standing, he lacks the presidential presence.”

“Perhaps in a more-rational election year, the Sun Sentinel would endorse John Kasich,” the newspaper said in its editorial. “But we can’t urge you to vote for someone who doesn’t have a chance of winning the nomination.”

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