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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

A grade for Marco Rubio campaign? B-minus

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March

From today's Q&A with The Washington Post's Chris Cilizza:

FIX: Explain Donald Trump’s popularity/polling lead in Florida. Is it purely built on name ID or is there something more?

Smith: It's much more than mere name ID. Florida is the ultimate microcosm of the country as a whole, and Trump has tapped into the same sentiments here as he has elsewhere: anxiety, frustration with politics as usual, hope that a successful outsider can finally shake things up. The intricacies of campaign finance reform may not resonate with many voters, but the appeal of a candidate who is not bankrolled by special interests is vast. And don't underestimate the potency of illegal immigration as a Republican primary issue, even in a state with a large Hispanic population. Gov. Rick Scott ran against the Republican establishment and won his gubernatorial primary in 2010 vowing to enact hard-line immigration policies which he never did.

FIX: Marco Rubio is down anywhere between eight and 16 points to Trump in Florida. He’s got a week to make up the ground. Can he? And, if so, how?

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[Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:50am]

    

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