CNN: Some Marco Rubio Advisers Say Get out Before Florida

Republican US Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio pauses while speaking during the American Conservative Union Conservative Political Action Conference 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on March 5, 2016, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

CNN reports that “most” of Marco Rubio’s advisers admit that “he does not have a path to the nomination” and some are recommending he drop out of the race before Florida’s primary.

From CNN:

A battle is being waged within Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign about whether he should even remain in the Republican presidential race ahead of his home state primary on March 15, sources say.

Rubio himself is “bullish” on his odds of winning the critical primary, despite some advisers who are less hopeful and believe a loss there would damage him politically in both the short- and long-term.

Publicly, the campaign is maintaining they are still a contender in this race, touting a Sunday win in Puerto Rico’s primary that delivered Rubio 23 delegates. But privately, the campaign is having a debate about whether or not he should remain in the mix — even for his home state of Florida’s primary.

“He doesn’t want to get killed in his home state,” one source familiar with the discussions said, noting “a poor showing would be a risk and hurt his political future.”

Polls show Rubio trailing GOP front-runner Donald Trump in Florida. A Monmouth poll released Monday shows Rubio behind Trump, 38% to 30%. A Quinnipiac poll released two weeks ago put Rubio behind Trump by a wider margin: 44% to 28%.

Most of his advisers agree he does not have a path to the nomination and some are advising him to get out ahead of the March 15 primary.

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