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Marco Rubio, fighting for political life, vows: 'We're going to shock the country'

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio greets supporters while campaigning Monday at That Little Restaurant in Melbourne.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio greets supporters while campaigning Monday at That Little Restaurant in Melbourne.

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Fighting for survival, Marco Rubio campaigned down I-95 on Monday, starting in Jacksonville and making his way to West Miami, straining to get people out to vote for him.

"Tomorrow's the day when we're going to shock the country. We’re going to do what needs to be done,” Rubio said in Jacksonville.

He said the state’s 99 delegates would give him momentum to carry on to “Arizona, and Utah and beyond,” adding, “What's at stake in this election is the definition and identity of our country and our party."

But fresh polling released Monday confirmed a perilous situation for 44-year-old first-term senator, who has been attacked by Trump and others for not showing up to work in Washington and for his role in writing the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill. One poll showed Rubio being edged for second by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, which if true would be a devastating blow to Rubio.

Rubio had stops in Melbourne, West Palm Beach and West Miami.

[Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2016 4:03pm]

    

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