Skip to main content

Marco Rubio drops out, urges Minnesotans to support Cruz

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Sen. Ted Cruz is “the only conservative left in the race” Marco Rubio told dozens of Minnesota supporters after ending his campaign for president, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Florida senator lost the primary in his home state to frontrunner Donald Trump on Tuesday, which prompted him to drop out of the race.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c8eunYITgM

Rubio thanked people in the "great state of Minnesota" in his speech Tuesday. It's the only state he won in the primaries and caucuses; although he was also victorious in Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

“We’re always joking the last 24 hours at home that we need to move to Minnesota with a winter home in Puerto Rico and work in D.C.,” Rubio said, according to the Pioneer Press.

Rubio blamed his losing campaign on attack ads and the news media, and signaled his support for Cruz as the only candidate to stop Trump, New York Times reports.

He's called the frontrunner for the Republican nomination an "embarrassment," saying Trump's statements are "nonsensical," The Guardian notes.

To hear more of what Rubio thinks of Trump and the Republican presidential campaign, check out this video and story by Vox here.

Who's winning now?

In addition to Florida, Trump won Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina on Tuesday, Politico reports.

That puts him at 673 delegates, while 1,237 in total are needed to win the nomination, according to Real Clear Politics.

Although Cruz is in second place with 411 delegates, he didn't come away with any victories on Tuesday, but was just .2 percentage points behind Trump in Missouri.

Gov. John Kasich won his home state of Ohio, and is trailing with just 143 delegates.

In the race for the Democratic nomination, Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton beat Sen. Bernie Sanders in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and with a close call in Missouri.

She is now leading with 1,606 delegates to Sanders' 851. A total of 2,382 are needed to win the democratic nomination.

Next Tuesday, Arizona will hold primaries for both parties, Utah voters will caucus and democrats in Idaho will also caucus.

Next Up

8470850644_ccecdfb7ed_b

Ringo Starr's late cancellation of MN show was because he has COVID-19

The Beatles drummer was due to perform in Minnesota Sunday.

Screen Shot 2022-10-03 at 4.32.58 PM

Fire destroys cafe, two other business properties in downtown Fairfax

A former pizza joint was also destroyed, while two other properties were damaged.

Hennepin County Medical Center, HCMC

Woman dies from injuries in crash that killed her husband, another man

The couple in their 80s died in the collision near Lake Lillian.

CPAP masks

2 Park Nicollet employees convicted of embezzling $500,000

The pair worked at a CPAP clinic in St. Louis Park.

Concert

No Jingle Ball this year? Twin Cities left off iHeartRadio holiday tour

The annual touring event usually visits the Xcel Energy Center.

Target store

Target gives first look at some of its Deal Days discounts

The Minneapolis retailer is holding its Deal Days event earlier than ever, in an attempt to drive sales after a turbulent year.

Screen Shot 2022-10-03 at 11.03.12 AM

Man dies after crashing truck into western Wisconsin lake

The victim was unable to make it to shore despite being able to get out of his truck.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Sheriff: Man who didn't return to campsite died in ATV crash

It happened at the Foothills State Forest and Spider Lake ATV Recreation Area

Richard Liu, aka Liu Qiangdong

Chinese billionaire settles lawsuit over alleged rape in Minneapolis

The tech billionaire was accused of sexually assaulting a University of Minnesota student in 2018.

US Navy Flickr - COVID hospital PPE nurse

Frontline worker payments: Over a million Minnesotans to get $487.45

Gov. Tim Walz says the payments will start going out on Wednesday.

19050650853_a4a6377429_k

Ed Sheeran to bring North America stadium tour to Minneapolis

It's the second show announced for the Vikings stadium in 2023.

Related