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Marco Rubio makes push for Florida votes on eve of election

Florida senator counting on home state

WEST MIAMI, Fla. – Marco Rubio was spending the eve of Florida's presidential primary in his home state. 

The Florida senator made campaign stops Monday in Jacksonville and Melbourne before evening rallies in West Palm Beach and West Miami, blocks from his house where he started his career as a West Miami commissioner about 18 years ago. 

Among his neighbors, Rubio switched between English and Spanish as he shared his roots and his dream at the West Miami Recreation Center. 

Nadia Decker, a Rubio supporter, called Rubio's speech "inspirational." Decker said the presidential hopeful has "always been conservative."

There were some blunders at Rubio's rally -- the speakers didn't work and the pickup truck stage wasn't high enough -- but Rubio persevered, a metaphor of his campaign. 

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Monday shows Republican front-runner Donald Trump topping Rubio in Florida's primary 46 percent to Rubio's 22 percent.

Rubio has said that a vote for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Florida would essentially help Trump secure all 99 delegates in the winner-take-all state.

"Tomorrow's the day that we're going to shock the county," Rubio told supporters Monday.

Despite his poor polling, Rubio has vowed to remain in the race. 


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