Illustration for article titled Farewell to Marco Rubio, Who Just Dropped Out After Losing His Home State of Florida

There’s a special sting in losing your home state, and Marco Rubio has all the time in the world to feel it tonight after announcing he will “suspend” his bid for the White House. The GOP race is officially down to only the most hideous choices, a.k.a. the only ones Republican voters will apparently consider.


Donald Trump won Florida with roughly 45.7% of the vote to Rubio’s 27. Rubio made the announcement from his campaign headquarters in Miami; the New York Times reports he “hushed boos” from the crowd after congratulating Donald Trump: “No, no, no. Guys, we live in a republic and our voters make this decision. We respect this.”

“While it is not God’s plan that I be president in 2016 or maybe ever,” Rubio told the audience, “and while today my campaign is suspended, the fact that I’ve even come this far is evidence of how special America truly is.”


“No!” shouted several anguished-sounding people in the crowd. “Keep going!”

Rubio, for his part, claimed that as Americans, “We have every right to be hopeful.”

Yeah? You think?

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