By Lauren Rust
After Senator Marco Rubio’s loss in his home state of Florida on March 15, he has decided to suspend his campaign.
“It is not God’s plan that I be president in 2016 or maybe ever,” Rubio said in a speech on the night of March 15 in Miami. “The fact that I have even come this far is evidence to how special America truly is.”
Rubio ended his campaign with a positive note, congratulating Donald Trump on his win in Florida, and thanking all of the people who had worked on his campaign, as well as the American people.
Rubio is one of the few presidential candidates that has run his campaign with positivity. He constantly thanks others for their support and truly wishes for America to be instilled with conservative values.
While I do not necessarily agree with all of the senator’s policies, he seems to be a positive and caring individual who does not unnecessarily slander other presidential candidates.
“The easiest thing to have done in this campaign…is to make people angrier, make people more frustrated,” Rubio said. “But I chose a different route and I am proud of that.”
So was it a good idea for Rubio to drop out of the race at this point? In my opinion, no.
While Rubio was trailing both Cruz and Trump, he was gaining delegates.
After winning Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, it was clear that he was winning with immigrants, being the son of immigrants, himself.
That doesn’t mean that he would win, though. There are other reasons that candidates continue to run.
While there are a few reasons, to me, the goal would be to take as many votes away from Trump as possible.
This occurred earlier in the race for another potential candidate, Michael Bloomberg, a prominent independent and the former mayor of New York City.
While Bloomberg had only a slight chance of winning, he also saw this as an opportunity to take votes away from Donald Trump.
Back in February, a poll created by USA Today and Suffolk University found that “in a hypothetical race with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee and Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic ticket, …Trump was chosen by 37 percent of likely voters, Sanders by 30 percent and Bloomberg by 16 percent .”
According to the survey, without Bloomberg in the race, Trump and Sanders were 44 percent and 43 percent respectively.
While Bloomberg has chosen not to run, Rubio still had a chance to take delegates from Trump, who needs 1,237 delegates for a nomination.
Without this number, a brokered convention would take place, giving delegates a chance to switch candidates.
While Rubio did drop out of the race, allowing for more chances for Trump to gain delegates, he ended on a positive note, with his hopes for the best for America.
I wish him the best of luck in the future.