Despite a disappointing run of results so far, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says he's expecting to win his home state of Florida, and says the ''pressure is to stay in'' the race to beat front-runner Donald Trump. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) During a campaign stop in Kissimmee, Florida, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says he is not worried about the polls because, "We will win in Florida, but I need everyone to come out and vote." With Donald Trump as the Republican front-runner, Rubio said he has heard from voters who say the billionaire must be stopped. "This is unlike any election ever. It is not going to follow a traditional model. Think about it this way- if anyone else other than Donald Trump was the front-runner, every candidate in this race would have tremendous amount of pressure on them to drop out. Instead, the pressure is to stay in," said Rubio. Most opinion polls show Trump hanging on to a solid double-digit lead in Michigan over Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Rubio, the establishment favorite, lags behind and is seen needing a breakthrough win in his home state on March 15 to keep his campaign alive. The Florida senator said he remains confident he will get that win. "I don't think anyone has a clear path to 1,237 delegates so buckle up your seat belts...," said Rubio. The Republican contests in Florida and Ohio award all the state's delegates to the winner. If Trump, 69, could sweep those two states and pile up delegates elsewhere, it would probably knock home-state favorites Rubio and Kasich out of the race and make it tough for Cruz to catch him.