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Bush to meet with Trump opponents ahead of Florida primary (w/video)

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush plans to meet with former rivals for the Republican presidential nomination Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich this week in Miami, a spokeswoman said.

Florida, which Bush once governed, holds a crucial primary next Tuesday. That contest could set up a one-on-one showdown between Cruz and billionaire Donald Trump if native son Rubio falters there. Kasich has said he'll drop out of the race if he doesn't win his home-state primary in Ohio that same day.

Bush, who dropped out after a poor showing in South Carolina last month, hasn't endorsed any candidate yet — including Rubio, whom he mentored in the Florida statehouse years ago.

His plans, reported earlier Wednesday by the Washington Post, were confirmed by aide Kristy Campbell.

Cruz campaigned Wednesday in Miami, where Bush lives. At Miami-Dade College downtown, Cruz said the results of Tuesday's nominating contests — where Trump dominated three states while Cruz won one — show that he's the only remaining bona fide challenger to Trump.

"It is a simple question of math whether or not a candidate can get to 1,237 delegates," Cruz said. The race "will end up one-on-one with me and Donald Trump. Head to head, we win."

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the GOP presidential primary last month, hasn’t yet endorsed a candidate.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the GOP presidential primary last month, hasn’t yet endorsed a candidate.

Bush to meet with Trump opponents ahead of Florida primary (w/video) 03/09/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 10:44pm]
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