New Florida Poll Suggests Rubio in Deep Trouble

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Quinnipiac released a new poll today out of Florida, and it’s not looking good for Marco Rubio.

Via Quinnipiac:

The Donald Trump juggernaut rolls into Florida where the GOP front-runner leads native son Sen. Marco Rubio 44 – 28 percent among likely Republican primary voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has 12 percent with Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 7 percent and Dr. Ben Carson at 4 percent.

Trump gets a low negative score in the Sunshine State as 21 percent of likely Republican primary voters say they “would definitely not support” Trump for the nomination, with 26 percent saying no to Cruz and 17 percent saying no to Rubio.

Rubio needs to win Florida. Honestly, there is no path to victory for him without its 99 delegates. Florida is a winner-take-all state, so there are no “second place victories” there. It is a true must-win.

And here’s Rubio’s problem: Trump’s Florida numbers are absolutely exceptional. Even if every other candidate got out of the race to support Rubio, it is difficult to imagine Trump not exceeding 50 percent when his negatives are so low.

#Marcomentum is about to hit a brick wall.

Jon Schweppe is Deputy Director of Communications for the American Principles Project.