2016 Election

Conservatives – Stop Obsessing about Florida

Trump in Pensacola
Written by Onan Coca

Our colleague and popular conservative talk radio host, Steve Deace, has been busy calming down conservatives who are worried about Donald Trump’s wins in Tuesday’s primaries. While Mr. Trump again won the night, taking Hawaii, Mississippi, and Michigan, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stuck pretty close to him, taking second in all three races as well as winning in Idaho and nearly matching the number of delegates collected by Trump.

The point here is that while we may be down, conservatives, we are not out. However, if we are to win this nomination, we NEED Marco Rubio and John Kasich to step down ASAP. Every poll shows that Ted Cruz is beating Donald Trump head-to-head, but when the field is split Trump comes out on top. For the good of the nation and our party, Rubio and Kasich should walk away now.

From Steve Deace:

Please share this PSA with everyone else you know. Based on what I’m seeing this morning many people need to see it.

The delegate math is VIRTUALLY UNCHANGED from what it was going into last night. Trump and Cruz are still pretty much in the EXACT SAME SITUATION they were in after Saturday.

STOP OBSESSING ABOUT FLORIDA. Rubio is screwing us all over the country. Cruz would be in the delegate lead right now if Rubio had dropped prior to Super Tuesday (including every delegate in TX). Cruz would’ve won every state on Saturday, and every delegate in ID last night if Rubio had dropped after Super Tuesday. The 99 delegates at stake in FL, even if Rubio can win them, are not worth all the delegates Rubio has already cost us and still could. It’s conceivable we could lose every other state on March 15 IF RUBIO IS STILL IN THE RACE. Not even FL is worth that.

On the other hand, ALL EXIT AND PUBLIC POLLING DATA SHOWS THAT CRUZ WOULD TROUNCE TRUMP ONE-ON-ONE. THERE IS NO DATA ANYWHERE THAT SUGGESTS A HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH CRUZ WORKS TO TRUMP’S ADVANTAGE. JUST THE OPPOSITE.

Speaking of Florida, the supposed massive early lead in voting Rubio has there accounts for about 5-7 points on election day, since it’s less than 20% of the electorate overall. That early lead IS NOT GOING TO MAKE UP THE DEFICIT RUBIO FACES IN THE POLLS. And Rubio likely doesn’t have the momentum he needs now to close strongly. His rallies so far in the state aren’t drawing huge crowds.

Therefore, THE GAMBLE RUBIO COULD WIN FL IS NOT WORTH ALL THE OTHER DELEGATES HE’S ALREADY COST US, AND COULD COST US IN THE FUTURE. EVERY DAY RUBIO (and to a lesser degree Kasich) STAYS IN THE RACE IS A GOOD DAY FOR TRUMP — PERIOD.

All caps added for emphasis — thank you!

The best case scenario is either Rubio drops out today to give Cruz a full day to prepare for essentially a one-on-one debate with Trump on Thursday, or Rubio comes to that debate and trashes Trump the whole time before dropping out the next day.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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