Super Tuesday has spoken and it is not looking as positively as hoped for supporters of Marco Rubio. Donald Trump dominated in every state and Ted Cruz is placing second in all but two states. But Rubio did pick up his first primary win in Minnesota. Some might argue that Rubio is wasting his time and money, and that the hour to drop out has arrived. Others might say he still has a fighting chance as the most establishment of the top three Republican candidates. So what will Rubio do after Super Tuesday concludes? Will he hang in there or call it quits?
Many people insist a Rubio presidency simply will not occur. The argument there is that the numbers simply do not add up. Anna Palmer of Politico writes that Rubio may only secure 100 of the 595 available delegates for the evening, and Gawker argues that a decision on his part to stay in the race is a measure in lowering expectations in order to keep morale high. Whatever, guys. It sounds like the Rubio team is itching for some good news to come their way, but it ultimately seems unlikely.
Other sources, like The New York Times have taken a contradictory position. They openly question whether he can lose almost every state on Super Tuesday and still have a shot at the presidency. He has until March 15, where Florida, Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina take the stage to make a final impact, or else all hope is surely lost.
Rubio, himself, on the other hand, seems perplexingly positive about his position in this presidential race. He spoke from Miami on the evening of Super Tuesday:
Five days ago we began to explain to the American people that Donald Trump is a con artist, and in just five days we have seen the impact that it's having all across the country. We are seeing in state after state, his numbers coming down, our numbers going up.
Huh? Well, positivity is a strategy to take, certainly. To top that off, he publicly declared his plans to take his home state of Florida in the state's presidential primary on March 15.
Two weeks from tonight, right here in Florida, we are going to send the message loud and clear that the party of Lincoln and Reagan and the presidency of the United States will never be held by a con artist.
A Donald Trump reference? A Hillary Clinton reference? Who knows, really.
In the following week, Rubio will likely take his movement to Florida, where the competition falls into his own territory in his home state. Whether he will fare well remains a mystery, but he has an advantage there. Regardless of Rubio or the media, his fans are still tweeting the #Marcomentum hashtag with confidence. Who knows where the race will take the presidential candidate; no matter the challenge, he always has his team.