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Rubio’s Campaign Set to Die in Florida

Marco Rubio’s campaign is nearing its end as the Republican candidate continues to struggle against Donald Trump in his home state of Florida. The latest polls for Florida by Monmouth and Quinnipiac have not been friendly to Rubio and have placed Trump substantially ahead of him.

Monmouth

  • Donald Trump – 44%
  • Marco Rubio – 27%
  • Ted Cruz – 17%

Quinnipiac

  • Donald Trump – 46%
  • Marco Rubio – 22%
  • Ted Cruz – 14%
  • John Kasich – 10%

Rubio has been celebrating his third and fourth place finishes all election cycle. However, if he cannot even win his home state, his campaign is as good as over. A loss in Florida would show a lack of confidence in voters and how they perceive him as a weak and inexperienced candidate.

In the recent weeks, Rubio has been unable to snatch any of Trump’s momentum. Instead, Ted Cruz has climbed in the standings in various states, but Trump still looks unstoppable at this point.

Trump performed well enough at the final GOP debate, proving that he can tone down his bombastic style and deliver a “medicated” approach. If Trump can reel in his violent rallies, he should emerge, unscathed, as the Republican nominee heading into the general election. A Trump and Hillary Clinton matchup would prove favorable to him as he could expose her on a plethora of issues.

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Trump Closes the Gap on Kasich in Ohio

The latest polls for Ohio by NBC/WSJ/Marist and CBS News/YouGov have revealed that Donald Trump is rapidly closing the gap on John Kasich in his home state.

NBC/WSJ/Marist

  • John Kasich – 39%
  • Donald Trump – 33%
  • Ted Cruz – 19%
  • Marco Rubio – 6%

CBS News/YouGov

  • John Kasich – 33%
  • Donald Trump – 33%
  • Ted Cruz – 27%
  • Marco Rubio – 5%

There are a few things to take away from the two of these polls. Trump is fast approaching Kasich and will probably challenge him for the lead, which is a major problem for Kasich’s campaign. A loss in Ohio should spell the end of his campaign.

Secondly, Ted Cruz is climbing in the standings. While he hasn’t taken over the lead, he is approaching the other two candidates and may be able to build momentum by suggesting that he performed well in a state that he was expected to do poorly in.

As for Marco Rubio, he should throw in the towel immediately. In his home state of Florida, he is well behind in the polls and it seems unlikely that he will be able to win the state and he continues to get decimated in every single poll. He is not a legitimate candidate and he is distracting GOP voters and providing candidates like Trump or Cruz with an opportunity to become the nominee due to a split vote.

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Trump Tops Florida, Loses Ohio to Kasich

The latest polls by Fox News for Florida and Ohio have revealed that Donald Trump is leading Florida, while he narrowly trails John Kasich in Ohio.

Florida

  • Donald Trump – 43%
  • Marco Rubio – 20%
  • Ted Cruz – 16%
  • John Kasich – 10%

Ohio

  • John Kasich – 34%
  • Donald Trump – 29%
  • Ted Cruz – 19%
  • Marco Rubio – 7%

Trump is still the frontrunner of the Republican Party and will likely win the nomination. Of course, establishment GOPs are working tirelessly to try and take him down, promising to contest his nomination, and even throwing around rumors that Mitt Romney may run for president.

His victory in Florida is an important one as it will surely finish off Marco Rubio’s campaign, proving that he can’t even win his home state. Rubio has been bragging, primary after primary, about his third and fourth place finishes, and it has become quite embarrassing and indicative that he is finished.

In Ohio, the results aren’t surprising. Kasich is fairly popular in the state and will probably leverage his votes into something favorable for himself. This could be a position in Trump’s administration or some kind of preferential treatment for the state. Regardless, expect Trump to climb past Kasich in Ohio and crush the other remaining Republicans.

Ted Cruz is hanging on, still holding his Bible close to his heart. Too bad for him, the largest voting populations and the most important states aren’t as influenced by his religious zealotry and will either vote for Trump, because they are angry, or not vote at all.

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Trump and Clinton Dominate the Sunshine State

A different day, a different poll, but the same results. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dominated the latest Florida poll by News13/SurveyUSA.

Which Republican candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 42%
  • Marco Rubio – 22%
  • Ted Cruz – 17%
  • John Kasich – 10%

Which Democratic candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 61%
  • Bernie Sanders – 30%

What does this poll say about the campaign of Marco Rubio? If he can’t even win his home state against Trump, he has very little chance of winning the nomination. Rubio keeps droning on about his third and fourth place finishes, celebrating them like they are victories. Common sense dictates that he will drop out of the race soon and that will probably take place after a devastating Florida loss.

Trump has the Republican Party on lockdown when it comes to public support, but a new threat is emerging in the form of the party itself and their desire to take him down from within. According to various sources, the GOP establishment is working hard to dismantle Trump and there are even rumors that Mitt Romney may try to replace him as the party’s nominee.

On the other side of the fence, Clinton is poised for a big victory in Florida. This isn’t a state where Bernie Sanders has political appeal and Clinton’s fake southern accent and attitude will help her land votes in this state.

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Trump and Clinton Smash Their Opponents in New York

New York’s primary may be over a month away, but both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are already holding commanding leads in the state, according to the latest poll by Siena.

Which Democratic candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 55%
  • Bernie Sanders – 34%

Which Republican candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 45%
  • Marco Rubio – 18%
  • John Kasich – 18%
  • Ted Cruz – 11%

Clinton should easily walk away with New York. She served as a Senator for the state, has extensive ties with Wall Street, and knows how to appeal to New York voters. If she can play this advantage, it should be an easy win for her.

For Bernie Sanders, he has an uphill battle. His anti-Wall Street rhetoric will resonate with certain voters, but it will not appeal to the corporate climate in New York and it may prove difficult for him to penetrate this important state unless he can build a monumental grassroots movement before the primary takes place.

On the Republican side of things, Trump should easily win New York. The only other candidate that may be able to appeal to voters is Marco Rubio, but his campaign has been performing poorly for months and is all but dead at this point.

Ted Cruz has absolutely zero appeal in the state. He has openly insulted New Yorkers, dismissing them for their “New York values” and his religious zealotry will not win him any votes in an extremely liberal state.

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Trump and Clinton lead Mississippi

According to the latest Mississippi polls by Magellan Strategies, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are leading the pack for their respective parties.

Which Democratic candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 65%
  • Bernie Sanders – 11%

Which Republican candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 41%
  • Ted Cruz – 17%
  • Marco Rubio – 16%
  • John Kasich – 8%

Bernie Sanders appears to be all but done. Clinton has solidified her lead, dominated in Super Tuesday, and appears to be topping all of the latest polls. Sanders one state plan is badly failing and Clinton’s experience is starting to show. Without a concrete plan and no way to make young voters turn out to the polls, Sanders will be forced to call it quits, setting up a surefire Clinton presidency.

For the Republicans, Trump continues to dominate the polls and his opponents seem incapable of taking him down. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are battling hard to topple Trump, but they seem unable to get the upper hand. Trump has presented his opponents with ample opportunities for them to destroy him, but they have yet to seize the moment and often find themselves trapped in Trump’s low-tier game of insults.

At this point, Trump will head into the general election as the Republican nominee, and not even the clout of Mitt Romney and other establishment Republicans can stop him now.

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Trump Leads Louisiana and Kansas

Can’t stop, won’t stop, that should be Donald Trumps new slogan. The latest polls by the Trafalgar Group in Kansas and the University of New Orleans in Louisiana have been extremely favorable to Trump.

Kansas

  • Donald Trump – 35%
  • Ted Cruz – 29%
  • Marco Rubio – 17%
  • John Kasich – 13%

Louisiana

  • Donald Trump – 38%
  • Ted Cruz – 26%
  • Marco Rubio – 11%
  • John Kasich – 5%

Trump is looking good at this point. Despite a lousy performance in Thursday’s GOP debate, he still topped these two polls. In the debate, Trump devolved the discussion into a penis talk, got caught changing positions numerous times, and look like a unprepared candidate.

However, to Trump’s advantage, both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have completely unable to capitalize on their opponents mistakes. Every time Trump says something stupid, both Cruz and Rubio get sucked into a contest of the idiots.

According to the GOP, which is imploding as we speak, various members of the Republican Party are looking to rally behind Cruz. Previously, they were looking to work with Rubio, but he has since been deemed a failure. Even with the backing of the party, Cruz seems unable to take Trump down and the GOP will have to come to terms with the fact that Trump will be the party’s nominee heading into the general election.

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Trump and Clinton Fly High in Michigan

With Super Tuesday behind them, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are flying high at the top of their parties and look unstoppable. The latest poll by Fox 2 Detroit/Mitchell posted favorable results for both candidates.

Which Democratic candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 61%
  • Bernie Sanders – 33%

Which Republican candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 39%
  • Marco Rubio – 19%
  • Ted Cruz – 14%
  • John Kasich – 12%

Another poll, the same results for Trump. He continues to lead the pack, doubling his opponents scores. At this point, he is the face of the Republican Party whether they like it or not. The GOP establishment has been working hard to undermine Trump, but they have had very little success because he loves the spotlight and the drama that comes with it.

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are lame duck candidates and they have been ineffective at challenging Trump on the stage. When they try to engage in policy discussion, Trump quickly deflects the conversation and nullifies it with his bombastic style. Unless Rubio and Cruz can find a way to play Trump’s game, they are finished.

The clock is ticking for Bernie Sanders. His early campaign seemed promising, but he has struggled to dent Clinton in the polls as of late and the majority of his supporters aren’t turning out to the polls to vote for him. Like usual, young people make up a large portion of the non-voting population.

So long as Clinton sticks to her game, plays it safe, and hits Sanders while he’s down, she will win the nomination and likely the presidency in 2016.

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More of the Usual in Tennessee as Trump and Clinton Dominate

With a few primaries behind them, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are starting to cement themselves as the likely victors of their respective parties. The latest poll for Tennessee by NBC News/WSJ reported similar results.

Which Democratic candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 60%
  • Bernie Sanders – 34%

Which Republican candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 40%
  • Ted Cruz – 22%
  • Marco Rubio 19%

Clinton destroyed Bernie Sanders in South Carolina. Primaries are all about voter perception and momentum. South Carolina’s results may have been a predictable outcome, but voters don’t necessarily see it that way and such a large margin of victory could sway the momentum in Clinton’s favor.

If Sanders wants to stay alive in this election cycle, he will need to come out on top on Super Tuesday. A mediocre performance will spell the end of his campaign and will provide Clinton with enough momentum to seal the deal and land the Democratic nomination.

For the Republicans, Trump has already won. Whether the GOP establishment likes it or not, voters love him, he is topping the polls, and he is winning every primary. There is no stopping Trump at this point. Mainstream Republicans have acknowledged this and are looking for possible ways to work with him, anticipating his upcoming nomination for the Republican Party.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are holding on, but voters aren’t interested in their platform. Rubio is another lame duck establishment candidate, while Cruz is too crazy and right-leaning for moderate Republicans. Trump is anti-establishment, outspoken, and while he has proposed some radical ideas, they are more than likely election bait rather than policies that he truly believes in.

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Trump and Clinton Top Massachusetts

The latest poll by WBUR/MassINC has placed Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the top of their respective parties.

Which Republican candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 40%
  • Marco Rubio – 19%
  • John Kasich – 19%
  • Ted Cruz – 10%
  • Ben Carson – 5%

Which Democratic candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 49%
  • Bernie Sanders – 44%

Trump continues to dominate all Republican polls, including non-traditional states and the ones he is expected to win. The other candidates continue to slip in the standings, unable to penetrate Trump’s lead. At this point, he seems unstoppable and it is more than likely that he will win the GOP nomination.

Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, the only other legitimate candidates in the race, cannot gather enough support to even dent Trump’s campaign.

As for the Democrats, Hillary Clinton topped Bernie Sanders in this poll by a slim margin. Sander’s biggest challenge is Super Tuesday. If he can perform well this Tuesday, he may be able to steal the nomination from Clinton and head into 2016 as the Democrats candidate of choice.

For now, Sanders biggest challenge is winning over voters that are on the fence and those that are considering voting for Trump. If he can do this, he will pose a serious risk to the Clinton campaign and possibly win the nomination.

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