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A soft close for Marco Rubio in West Miami



WEST MIAMI – It wasn’t a thundering homecoming – or even an audible one.

As Marco Rubio took the stage in West Miami, the speaker system crackled. He grabbed a bullhorn but that barely worked.

But Rubio soldiered on, putting on the face of confidence despite the odds in Tuesday’s primary.  “I will always be the son of this community,” he said.

Rubio implored his supporters to get others out Tuesday and vote for him and said he was looking forward to becoming the 45th president.

He shifted to Spanish, still hard to hear, and then the event just faded, people unsure if it was over.

It was.

[Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2016 9:56pm]


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