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Former presidential candidate and lame duck Florida Senator Marco Rubio has reached beyond the political grave to make a last-ditch effort to stop his nemesis Donald Trump. In an unusual move, Rubio has moved to “lock down” his delegates to keep other candidates, especially Trump, from claiming them before the first vote.
Typically these delegates would be “unbound” before the convention and free to be wooed by other candidates, but Rubio wants to make an exception for what he apparently sees as the noblest of causes — stopping the man who single handily introduced the nation to the nickname “Little Marco.” Lest anyone think there are other motives at play, like Rubio un-suspending his campaign, FoxNews.com confirmed his intent with Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos on Wednesday — “Of course, he’s no longer a candidate and wants to give voters a chance to stop Trump.”
It won’t be entirely up to him, of course, but rather the individual state Republican parties that divvy up the delegates. Rubio has sent letters to all the states where he won delegates and there are signs some will acquiesce, with Alaska taking back the five Rubio delegates it had already assigned to Trump and Cruz.
Usually 171 delegates wouldn’t be all that big of a deal, but in a convention expected to be as close as this one, every single one is worth fighting for and none should be taken for granted.
Even though Rubio has been out of the race since the Florida primaries, he does have one thing going for him: His 171 delegates are still more than current candidate John Kasich’s 143!
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