New poll: Trump crushing Rubio in must-win Florida

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is telling supporters he will defeat celebrity mogul Donald Trump in Florida’s March 15 primary and go on to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

A new Quinnipiac University poll is delivering a very different message.

That new poll shows Trump is crushing Rubio in Florida, getting the support of 45 percent of likely voters compared to 22 percent for Rubio. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas gets 18 percent in the poll, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is at 8 percent.

Rubio has fared poorly so far in the presidential nominating contests, winning only in Minnesota and Puerto Rico. A loss in his home state would likely end his quest for the presidency.

A Quinnipiac poll of likely voters in Florida released on February 25 showed Trump leading Rubio with 44 percent compared to 28 percent for Rubio.

Quinnipiac has shown the race for Florida to be a blowout. A Monmouth University poll released on Monday showed Rubio trailing Trump by 8 percentage points.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a press conference Saturday night at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a press conference Saturday night at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

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