Well, Rubio’s advisors called it. Marco drops out in disgraceful loss to Trump in Florida. Who do you think he is going to endorse?
By Stephen Collinson, CNN–
John Kasich has won the GOP presidential primary in his home state, according to a CNN projection, his first victory of the campaign.
The win represents a speedbump for Republican front-runner Donald Trump by depriving the billionaire of 66 crucial delegates that would have made it easier to reach the magic number of 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination. It may also give the Republican establishment a final chance of uniting behind a candidate who could challenge Trump in the event of a contested convention.
“We are all very, very happy,” Kasich told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a telephone interview.
Trump won the other big prize of the night: the Florida primary. That resounding win helped force Marco Rubio out of the race after failing to unite the Republican establishment against Trump.
“America is in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami and we should have seen this coming,” Rubio said in Miami on Tuesday night in a speech that served as a thinly-veiled rebuke of Trump’s campaign tactics. “While we are on the right side,” he said, “this year, we will not be on the winning side.”