When we look back on the 2016 presidential primaries, Sen. Marco Rubio will be noteworthy for nothing more than being the least popular candidate who was inexplicably treated like a frontrunner for several weeks. It was really one of the more bizarre things I’ve ever seen.
From his third place “victory” speech following Iowa, to the big name endorsements he received soon thereafter, the truth is, Rubio was never a real contender.
Not only did he barely win any states, but he finished third or worse in many of the states. In fact, over the last couple of weeks, he’s really been the fourth place candidate behind John Kasich.
Though that didn’t stop the media from treating him like a legitimate threat to Trump, or big-time Republicans from endorsing him. Again, it was truly a strange phenomenon.
While he bet big on Florida, staying in this long might have long-term implications on his political career. Not only did he perform poorly overall, but he got absolutely hammered in his home state by a clown like Trump. That’s a sting that’s going to stick with him for a very long time. If Rubio decides to run for political office again, it’s always going to be held over his head that he was the presidential candidate who didn’t meet expectations nationally and got trounced in his home state.
Especially considering he stooped as low as to attack the size of Trump’s “manhood” – while getting crushed by him just a couple of weeks later.
While he’s still young enough to look forward in his career, this loss is going to take a lot of work, dedication, and rewiring for Rubio to overcome.
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