Polls for 2016 presidential election: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina primaries crucial for Republican Trump, Kasich
What is going to be the most important consequence of Tuesday primaries? The most immediate impact is going to be the exit of Marco Rubio from Republican nomination process as his campaign is set to suffer its biggest loss in his home state of Florida.
Almost all polls suggest that Republican front runner Donald Trump is leading the Senator from Florida who has been the fiercest critic of the billionaire businessman. On the other hand Ohio Gov. John Kasich is in a close fight with Trump in the state primary.
Though Kasich is leading in Ohio, the difference has come down substantially in the last few days. Nonetheless he is still a few notches above the real estate czar. Kasich is yet to win a single state in primary election and Ohio seems to be his best bet. He has also said he will quit the nomination race if he loses Ohio primary.
When it comes to Florida primary, Marco Rubioâ€™s loss is almost certain. There are 99 delegates on offer in the Florida primary. According to a Quinnipiac poll, trump is up by more than 20 points over the Florida senator. According to Rubio, the polling is not accurate and on Sunday he told George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” that â€œsome pollster will have to explainâ€Â why they got his numbers in Florida so wrong after he wins the state. Rubio points to his support in the Hispanic community, especially Cuban immigrants like his parents. According to a story from Politico, 62 percent of the Hispanic voters likely to participate in the Florida Republican primary say they will vote for Rubio.
On the other hand Donald Trump aimed to sideline two Republican rivals on their home turf by adding a stop in Ohio to chase down Gov. John Kasich and scoring an endorsement from Floridaâ€™s attorney general over home-state Sen. Marco Rubio. Trump also hustled on Monday to Ohio, the other winner-take-all primary, where a victory would speed his drive to win the GOP nomination. Florida and Ohio will allot 165 Republican delegates, a bounty that could give the front-runner an insurmountable lead on the way to the 1,237 needed to clinch the nomination. Mr. Trump currently has 460 delegates, compared with Texas Sen. Ted Cruzâ€™s 370. Mr. Rubio is in third place with 163 and Mr. Kasich has 63.