THE “REPUBLICAN” ESTABLISHMENT’S FIREWALL IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE
Looks like “Republican” establishment’s “last stand” is already crumbling …
In the GOP elite’s ongoing battle to derail the populist insurgency of billionaire businessman Donald Trump, the state of Florida was supposed to represent a critical firewall. Surely the Sunshine State – and its 99 delegates – would go to Marco Rubio, its junior U.S. Senator?
Um … no.
Guess Rubio’s bid to strip South Carolina of its “First in the South” status isn’t as big of a deal as he thought it might be …
Trump has the support of 44 percent of likely GOP primary voters in Florida, well ahead of Rubio’s 28 percent support. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas came in a distant third, receiving 12 percent support.
No other candidate polled in double digits.
“The size and shape of Trump’s lead is impressive,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling operations. “He leads in every age group by 9 to 19 percentage points. He does better among men than among women and, despite being a New York multi-billionaire, he leads among those who identify with the Tea Party.”
Brown added that Trump was “the choice of 66 percent of Florida likely Republican primary voters who most want a candidate with strong leadership.” Rubio’s score among those voters? A measly 16 percent.
Trump currently enjoys big leads in most of the states holding primaries on March 1 – dubbed “Super Tuesday.”
Florida’s primary – which awards all 99 of the state’s GOP delegates to the winner – will be held on March 15. That’s the same day as Ohio’s GOP primary, which awards all 66 of its delegates to the winning candidate.
Recent Quinnipiac polling there showed Trump with a five-point lead over home-state governor John Kasich.
Quinnipiac surveyed 705 Florida likely Republican primary voters from February 21-24. Its survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.