Latest polls for 2016 presidential election: Donald Trump well ahead of Rubio Florida, close contest in Ohio
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is staring at sure defeat in Republican primary election in his home state Florida. Latest polls conducted in the last few days suggest he is facing a loss of face in its worst form.
Latest polls suggest that Sen. Marco Rubio is trailing not just behind Republican front runner Donald Trump in his home state of Florida but also Ted Cruz.
The polls that started indicating the trend almost a fortnight ago havenâ€™t change a bit and anti-Marco Rubio sentiment seems to have become all the more forceful. Donald Trump is gaining currency here and people opposed to him seem to be gathering behind Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator who has given a semblance of fight to the front runner.
The most recent poll conducted by Marist/NBC/Wall Street Journal suggests Donald Trump marching ahead of Rubio with a double-digit lead in Florida, 43-22 percent. The same poll shows Cruz essentially tied with Rubio, at 21 percent. A separate CBS News 2016 Battleground Tracker poll shows Rubio slipping behind Cruz.
Nonetheless this is not the only interesting fight. Polls suggest that Ohio Gov. John Kasich is also locked in a dogfight with the Republican primary front-runner in his home state ahead of crucial primaries Tuesday. A Marist survey shows Kasich holding the edge in the Buckeye State with 39 percent to Trumpâ€™s 33 percent. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Trump and Kasich tied in Ohio, with 38 percent each. The primaries in Ohio and Florida, among five Tuesday, are essentially a must-win for both Kasich and Rubio, respectively â€“ both of whom significantly trail front-runner Trump and Texas Sen. Cruz in the delegate count.
Rubioâ€™s drop in the polls appears to be another indication that his campaign might soon come to an end.
Rubio has been the fiercest critic of Donald Trump among his Republican opponents. Nonetheless it doesnâ€™t seem to have helped him a bit. While talking in Florida, Rubio said, “You have a leading contender for president telling people in his audience, â€˜Go ahead and punch someone in the face. I’ll pay your legal billsâ€¦That’s wrong if our kids did it. That is disastrous if a president does it.â€ He has also acknowledged that some of the protesters appeared to be paid.