This is what the political equivalent of hospice care looks like. Senator Rubio’s friends, supporters and aides use words like “miracle” to describe the likelihood of a victory here in his home state on Tuesday. They soldier on through sparsely attended rallies, insisting, Trump-like, that his crowds are larger than they appear.
His top donors, who gathered in Miami Beach for a two-day retreat planned as a victory party, are now contemplating a desperate Plan B: which candidate or which group they might instead pool their resources behind to stop Trump.
Despite pressure from conservative activists, the news media and rivals like Mr. Trump to bow out and avoid the humiliation of a home state loss, Rubio refuses to quit until the votes are tallied and he’s soundly thrashed in his home state. Clearly that is Rubio’s option. To date he’s won Minnesota, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. He was likely to win Utah at one point but everything points to a Cruz victory there at this point.
“If things don’t go his way, it’s not his fault,” said Ralph Arza, who served with him in the legislature. “They are not voting against Marco Rubio.”