John Angelbeck of Ocala wanted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to succeed in his presidential bid and twice contributed $100 to Rubio's campaign. But after Rubio bowed out following a landslide defeat in Florida's March primary, Angelbeck shifted his allegiance — and money — to Donald Trump.
In June, he sent checks to Trump's campaign for $40 and $80. "Anything to beat Hillary Clinton," Angelbeck, 78, said Friday.
He is one of 640 Floridians who supported Rubio financially but have given to Trump since the primary, a Tampa Bay Times analysis of campaign finance data shows. That illustrates Trump's appeal among dedicated Republicans in the state.
By contrast, only 113 donors to former Gov. Jeb Bush have given to Trump since Bush withdrew from presidential contention in February.
Bush was an early and vocal critic of Trump on the campaign trail and drew sustained attacks from his nemesis, while Rubio only tangled with Trump later in the contest. Some Bush loyalists could share his concern that Trump remains unfit for the presidency, the data suggests.
In all, Trump has gotten about $204,000 from people who also gave to Rubio. From Bush donors: just $56,000.
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