Time is short for Little Marco after Saturday’s disastrous showing.
Rubio was the only Republican candidate, out of four, who did not win a single delegate.
The AP reported:
Offering anything but clarity, Republicans delivered a split verdict between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in the latest round of presidential voting, offering fresh evidence of the turmoil still roiling the GOP after 19 states have had their say.
Trump, still the front-runner in the delegate count, bagged Kentucky and Louisiana on Saturday. Cruz, cementing his claim to be the Trump alternative, captured Kansas and Maine.
Trump said it was time for Marco Rubio to exit the race. But the Florida senator insisted he was still fixing to win his home state of Florida on March 15.
Democrats also split their votes on Saturday, with Hillary Clinton picking up a victory in Louisiana’s primary while Bernie Sanders grabbed caucus wins in Nebraska and Kansas. Even so, Sanders fell further behind in his effort to overtake Clinton’s commanding lead in delegates.
The state tally sheets so far: 12 wins for Trump; six for Cruz and one for Rubio. For the Democrats, 11 for Clinton and seven for Sanders. Trump and Clinton hold the edge in the more-important delegate count.
Puerto Rico Republicans will add their voices to the conversation on Sunday, as will Maine Democrats.
With the GOP race in chaos, establishment figures are frantically looking for any way to derail Trump, perhaps at a contested convention if no candidate can get enough delegates to lock up the nomination before the party meets in July.
Party leaders — including 2012 nominee Mitt Romney and 2008 nominee Sen. John McCain — are fearful a Trump victory would lead to a disastrous November election, with losses up and down the GOP ticket.
Trump, at a post-election news conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, flatly predicted he’d win the nomination outright before the convention, likening it to a knock-out blow in boxing.
“The way I guarantee victory is get enough delegates, so I don’t have to worry,” he said.
AIDE: he's calling you "little Marco"
RUBIO: what if i sit in this huge chair
AIDE: no, why would you—
RUBIO: weeeee pic.twitter.com/kQOBB3aVpn
— Matt Negrin (@MattNegrin) March 5, 2016