After another setback, Rubio sees salvation in Florida

FISH HAWK, FL (AP) — Coming off what may be his worst night of the primary season, Marco Rubio’s make-or-break moment has arrived.

And the Florida senator, a home-state underdog with a week to prove he belongs in the 2016 presidential race, insists Florida will be his salvation.

Rubio’s challenge is to overtake Republican front-runner Donald Trump in Florida and beat back a late push from Ted Cruz, who senses an opportunity to sink Rubio even if he can’t win the state himself. Rubio and his GOP opponents know a loss next Tuesday in Florida would force him out of the 2016 contest – and scar his future political ambitions, should he have any.

Rubio’s march for survival got steeper Tuesday night after fourth-place finishes in both Michigan and Mississippi.

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