Just minutes after polls closed in Florida, Donald Trump has been declared the easy winner of the Republican primary in Florida.
With more than 82 percent of the precincts reporting, Trump had more than 45 percent of the vote, while Sen. Marco Rubio was a distant second with 27 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz was in third with just 16 percent.
Out of all the states up for grabs on this Super Tuesday, Florida is by far the biggest prize. With the victory, Trump will claim all of the state’s 99 delegates.
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Despite polls showing him trailing Trump by large margins in the last week, the Rubio campaign expressed optimism going into Florida, saying they would prove the polls were wrong.
Earlier today, Rubio pledged that he would remain in the race regardless of whether he won in Florida or not. After today, however, it seems likely Rubio’s support will greatly diminish. Many will rightly question a candidate who cannot even carry his own state, let alone the reality that Rubio simply cannot get to the required number of delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination.