No, Sen. Marco Rubio didn’t actually die following the vote tally in Florida Tuesday, but reporters at his campaign headquarters noted that all of the oxygen was quickly sucked out of the room when the state was called for Donald Trump.
MAH GAWD IT LOOKS LIKE RUBIO IS DEAD
THAT MAN HAD A FAMILY
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) March 16, 2016
Trump wins FL. 99 delegates. You're still winning Rubio . . .winning at losing.
— Crystal Wright (@GOPBlackChick) March 16, 2016
As expected, Trump easily took the winner-take-all state that was widely considered a must-win for Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio emerged around 8:13 p.m. to congratulate Trump, to a chorus of loud boos from his supporters. “There’s nothing more you could have done,” Rubio told them.
Rubio speaking in the past tense about his campaign.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) March 16, 2016
Sounds a bit like a Rubio swan song
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) March 16, 2016
Where is this Rubio speech going?
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) March 16, 2016
Rubio giving the GOP's eulogy right now.
— Alicia Smith (@Alicia_Smith19) March 16, 2016
Ultimately, Rubio ran as if he was running for the presidency in the America that doesn't exist anymore.
— H (@Tark31) March 15, 2016
"It was a real tsunami and we should have seen it coming." Rubio says of voter anger in Miami. pic.twitter.com/cHhFS8vn67
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 16, 2016
Rubio's concession speech seems basically to be his victory speech with different punctuation.
— Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) March 16, 2016
Rubio opens by thanking Trump. Trump supporter interrupts, heckles him at his own party.
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) March 16, 2016
Adding insult to injury, Rubio gets protester/heckler at his losing speech. But he recovers w "you won't get beaten up" at his rally
— Ed Henry (@edhenry) March 16, 2016
Is there a road forward for Rubio after Florida?
Don't count Rubio out. All that needs to happen now is the establishment creating new states in which only he is eligible to run.
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) March 16, 2016
Don’t bother. Rubio slipped into his concession speech that he’s suspending his campaign.
If Rubio doesn't suspend his campaign, I'd be shocked. The math and money aren't here. & his family wants him home
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) March 16, 2016
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 16, 2016
This is a damn good speech by Rubio as he suspends
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) March 16, 2016
Rubio with a better message in concession than he had in his campaign stump.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) March 16, 2016
Rubio, in defeat, giving a speech that shows why he made Democrats nervous.
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) March 16, 2016
This might be the hardest speech Rubio has ever had to give, but it might be the best of his life.
— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) March 16, 2016
"Do not give into the fear. Do not give into the frustration."
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) March 16, 2016
This is the best Rubio victory speech of the many we've seen during this race.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) March 16, 2016
Don't agree with him on everything, but no doubt Marco Rubio loves America and believes deeply in the American Dream. Much respect.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 16, 2016
Team Rubio should be damn proud of their guy.
— Brendan Buck (@BrendanBuck) March 16, 2016