In what was a shocking and completely unforeseen move, candidate Rick Perry announced yesterday that he was dropping out of the 2016 race for the presidency.
Now, a new poll shows Florida voters would like two more contenders to join him: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
In a poll released on Tuesday, 47% of voters in Florida called for Bush to drop out, while 48% called for Rubio to join him. This is important because not only is Florida a key swing-state, it’s also the home state for both politicians.
And the details become grimmer when you look at the Florida Republicans who were surveyed: 52% for Bush and a whopping 62% for Rubio.
Now, it’s in theory possible to win an election and not win your home state. James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, and a few other presidents — Bush the Lesser among them — managed to win despite losing their state of birth (Bush the Lesser was born in Connecticut, and he lost the state in 2000 and again in 2004). But it’s an uphill struggle — and when your entire campaign is described as “an uphill struggle,” perhaps it’s best to reassess your purpose in life.
The poll was conducted by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling and consisted of 814 voters, 377 of whom were Republican primary voters, from September 11 to September 13. A full 80% of the people involved completed the survey by phone, with a margin of error of between 3.4% to 5.1%, both of which are still greater than Bush and Rubio’s chance of victory at this point.
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