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So long, Marco Rubio

CORAL GABLES, FL - NOVEMBER 02: Republican nominee for Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio delivers a speech during his "Reclaim America Victory Celebration" at the Biltmore Hotel on November 2, 2010 in Coral Gables, Florida. Results show that Rubio has clinched the Florida Senate seat against his opponents, Independent candidate and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL). (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Well, as of last night it is official. Marco Rubio, one of two Latinos running for president, is officially out of the race. This came after a humiliating defeat at the hands of Donald Trump when he lost his own home state of Florida. Not only did he lose Florida, he lost it bad. Other than his native Dade County, every other county went for Trump. He’s got to be feeling pretty bad this morning. He must be on suicide watch. I almost feel bad for him. Almost. But what happened? Marco went in to the election one of the favorites to win. He was a candidate that the establishment liked, was social conservative for the evangelical vote, young and dynamic, and not a billionaire New York demagogue with a dead wolverine on his head. But it turns out that all of those things I mentioned actually counted against him and ultimately led to his defeat along with a few other factors.

First of all, being an establishment candidate these days is actually a detriment. People want to elect folks that are not part of the machine, which explains the rise of Trump and Bernie Sanders. As for being a social conservative, while that will fly with evangelical voters it turns off a lot of middle of the road Republicans and potential independents with the ferocity of his swing to the right. He’s young and dynamic but a lot of older folks, (who is who votes, let’s face it), thought he was too young. And then he’s not Trump and America seems to be caught up in his media circus. Add the fact that he clings tenaciously to outdated and highly unpopular ideas about Cuba that no one but a bunch of old farts in Miami agree with and that the Republican party’s current mood is highly racist and he’s a Latino and you have a recipe for disaster. Maybe he’ll get the VP nod, although that he was unable to carry his own state doesn’t bode well for that. At least Cruz and Kasich were able to pull that off.

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