What’s next for Marco Rubio?

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Senator Marco Rubio is off the presidential campaign trail but many are asking what is next for him. Rubio lost in all but one county in Florida on Tuesday in the primary, making the loss not small, but a big one in his home state.

“His loss in Florida by such a large margin is going to tarnish him a bit. He’s still got some of his advantages, his youth, his charisma and eloquence but this loss under cuts his political standing some,” said political columnist William “Windy” March.

“It’s difficult to see a path for him to recover; he will have to be involved in politics doing work for other political figures, building up ‘I owe yous’. Trying to figure to what’s the best opening for an office to run for and when. That’s where the picture gets a little dim. There aren’t a lot of obvious options,” said March.

Even if Rubio wanted to run for office, his options are slim.

“It’s very cloudy at this point. Legally  he could still run for re-election to his senate seat but he’s pledged  not to do that and it would upset major apple cards, it’s already a crowded primary with friends of his running.

A lot of his supporters are talking about him for governor in 2018 the problem he would run into there is Adam Putnam, the agriculture commissioner who has been setting up a run for governor for a couple of years and will be a very strong candidate,” said March.

As for the nickname of “Little Marco” that Rubio has picked up in the past few weeks from former opponent Donald Trump, “Yes he can shake it that’s just the kind of insult that gets tossed off in the heat of the political furor, one moment and it’s forgotten over time,” added March.


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