Despite his second primary election win on Saturday, during which the Florida senator claimed all 23 of Puerto Rico’s delegates, some within Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign are reportedly urging the third-place candidate to drop out. According to CNN, he is getting pressure from within his own camp to drop out of the race even before voters in his home state cast ballots.
Rubio has long predicted a win in Florida, though CNN’s sources indicate a growing concern that he could lose there, thus damaging his credibility as a national party leader.
“He doesn’t want to get killed in his home state,” one unnamed source reasoned, suggesting a loss in Florida “would be a risk and hurt his political future.”
Alex Conant, who heads Rubio’s communications team, went onto the network to dispute its report.
“I was sitting in a senior staff meeting planning out next week’s schedule when I saw this report suddenly air,” he told host Wolf Blitzer, “and I came racing across town to correct it.”
Recent polling shows Trump remains ahead among Florida voters, though his lead has diminished in recent days as Ted Cruz’s candidacy continues to surge.