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In late 2014, GOP leaders in Florida were pretty certain of a couple of things: Marco Rubio would never run for president if his mentor, Jeb Bush, did; and if either ran, he would be a lock to win Florida's Republican presidential primary.
That's why, after Bush signaled he was likely to run, Republican legislative leaders set the 2016 Florida primary for March 15 — and made the primary winner-take-all, rather than a primary in which several candidates could divide the state's 100 or so delegates proportionally. It was a gift to Bush, to ensure he could count on winning a big pile of delegates in case he did not dominate earlier contests.
"Can we get that gift back?" Republican political consultant Ana Navarro, a zealous Bush advocate and ubiquitous TV pundit, quipped Thursday night while speaking at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg.
Contrary to the old conventional wisdom, Rubio did get into the race and another giant force emerged to threaten everybody's plans. His name is Donald Trump, and Navarro acknowledged her fear that Trump could win Florida's primary.
Donald Trump will be poised to cruise to the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday after he trounces Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Rubio’s home turf to grab all 99 delegates in the winner-take-all Sunshine State, polls predicted Sunday. Trump holds a staggering 2-to-1 advantage among likely GOP voters over Rubio — 43 percent to 22 percent, followed by Ted Cruz at 21 percent and John Kasich at 9 percent, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released on Sunday. Moreover, a new CBS News Battleground Tracker poll also had Trump up hugely in Florida, leading 44 percent to Cruz’s 24 percent, followed by Rubio at 21 percent. Pressed to drop out of the race last week, Rubio declined and proclaimed that whoever wins Florida will win the nomination.
Karl Rove has publicly blasted Donald Trump as “a petty man consumed by resentment and bitterness” with little gravitas and almost no chance of beating Hillary Clinton. But privately, the super PAC conceived by Rove is suggesting to its donors that it can help Trump win the White House and save Republican senators whose reelection bids could be jeopardized by having Trump at the top of the ticket. Story Continued Below The apparent warming of the American Crossroads super PAC and its sister groups to Trump has become evident in its recent communications with donors, including a Tuesday afternoon “investor conference call,” according to multiple sources familiar with the outreach. The phone call — which featured Rove, Crossroads officials and a pollster — laid out swing state polling and electoral map analysis done by the group showing circumstances in which Trump could beat Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, in a general election, according to three sources briefed on the call. One source, a high-level operative with the Koch brothers’ conservative advocacy network, characterized the conversation as heralding “a softening of the anti-Trump position” within the big-money GOP establishment. The source added of Crossroads’ stance on Trump, “It's not that they support him, only that if he's the guy, we can do something to stop Hillary.” Read more: www.politico.com... Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook
originally posted by: roadgravel
I am still going with Cruz gets the nomination.
I love when Democrat supporters and defenders say "Kasich should be the nominee for the Republicans".
He is running fourth in a three man race and cannot earn 9% of the Republican vote, but somehow he will beat Hillary.
I think O'Malley is the best candidate to run for the Democrats. He has the best chance to beat Trump. See how much sense it makes coming from the other side?
BTW, I'm not a Trump supporter. I just think their is enough dishonesty in politics without the citizens getting involved.
originally posted by: roadgravel
It's also so that the hand full of people who get to make the decisions don't have to state, "We are going to do what we want to do so we have it our way".
originally posted by: matafuchs
You see, in 2014 the GOP in Florida moved to make sure whoever won would take a majority. Man, did it backfire.