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Florida’s winner-take-all primary could kill Marco Rubio’s chances

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Florida’s winner-take-all Republican presidential primary was supposed to help former Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio. That was the thinking when the GOP-dominated Legislature changed the state’s primary date to the third Tuesday in March – the earliest date it could hold an election that will award all 99 Republican delegates to one candidate. But that was before Republicans here even dreamed of – or had nightmares about — businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump possibly winning the…

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Applying salt shaker test to Florida Southern College poll

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Can a poll have flawed methodologies and still be relatively “accurate?” Of course it can, much in the same way a dart can be close to its intended target even if the player throwing the dart does not use good form. It might be that way with the newly released Florida Southern College poll, which shows, like many others, Trump leading and Rubio in second place in the Republican Party Presidential Preference Primary (PPP). But, the poll itself and the…

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Survey of Democratic super-delegates: Marco Rubio is top 2016 threat

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Bring on Donald Trump, and Ben Carson, too. That’s what Democratic insiders are saying about the Republican outsiders who sit solidly atop preference polls in the race for the GOP nomination for president. They are far more worried about GOP candidates who have experience in office, with Marco Rubio cited most often as the strongest potential competition for their overwhelming choice for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Rodham Clinton. “As a Democrat, I’d love to see a Trump-Carson ticket,” said Bob…

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New digital ad shows Marco Rubio getting key intel before GOP debate (it’s not what you think)

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Marco Rubio’s latest Web ad shows the presidential candidate getting some last-minute data on the competition ahead of Wednesday night’s CNBC Republican debate in Boulder, Colorado. In the 75-second spot, the Miami Republican is sitting at his laptop as he places a call for the latest information on “Cruz,” “Carson” and “Bush.” “It’s Marco,” he says. “What’s the latest on Cruz … is he and or is he out … Because I keep seeing reports here about both.” Rubio then…

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Mike Murphy says there’s a ‘cynicism’ behind Marco Rubio campaign that will catch up with him

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Mike Murphy says there is a “cynicism” behind the Marco Rubio campaign that he says will ultimately doom the Florida senator’s presidential candidacy. “It’s cynical to run as the creature of new, fresh, while it’s all secret dark money, ” Murphy tells reporter Sasha Issenberg in the second part of a lengthy interview in Bloomberg Politics posted on Wednesday. Murphy, who heads Jeb Bush‘s super PAC Right to Rise, is referring to the fact that the ads that aired this summer calling on viewers…

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IRS complaint filed over Marco Rubio-boosting secret-donor group

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A Washington watchdog group filed a complaint Tuesday with the IRS about a secret-donor nonprofit organization that is spending millions of dollars on commercials to boost Marco Rubio‘s 2016 prospects. Conservative Solutions Project has aired pro-Rubio TV ads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, in addition to sending mail to voters in those early presidential primary states. The group spent about $6 million on two batches of broadcast and cable TV ads and had planned to spend another $2…

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Today on Context Florida: Year of the manufacturer, Rubio’s chutzpah and pharma budgets

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Today on Context Florida: Jac VerSteeg agrees with Gov. Rick Scott’s central message: “It’s the year of the manufacturer.” But he is not attaching quite the same meaning to his words as the governor did. The governor’s intention is to extend a tax break for manufacturing equipment and put plenty of fresh dollars into an incentive pot to lure companies to Florida. But as the 2016 elections approaches, we will see candidates from the presidential election on down to the municipal…

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