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So much for Marco Rubio's homefield Florida advantage



This too-weird-to-believe presidential campaign is on the verge of proving true a Bible verse particularly unhelpful to Marco Rubio: No prophet is accepted in his hometown.

Not once in the past year has the Florida senator led any of the nearly three dozen polls of Florida Republicans. Fellow Floridian Jeb Bush led early on in some of those polls, but that stopped more than six months ago.

So much for the homefield advantage.

"It's stunning. It doesn't exist," said Alex Patton, a Republican consultant in Gainesville. "It got Trumped."

Indeed, among countless other long-held political assumptions that billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump has swept into the trash bin — don't swear, don't insult people left and right, don't antagonize party leaders and donors — we can add the expectation that home-state candidates have an advantage.

That rule of thumb will be put to the test repeatedly in the next few weeks as rivals try to derail what increasingly looks like a runaway Trump train heading to the Republican nomination.

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[Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2016 1:52pm]


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