Trump Beating Rubio In His Own State By 23 Points

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Front runner for the Republican presidential nomination Donald Trump is on course to win all 99 delegates in the Sunshine State, with a Fox News poll putting the billionaire businessman 23 points ahead of his nearest rival.

The Fox News poll released Wednesday puts a large distance between Trump and Florida Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore], who has an estimated 2o percent of the vote.

With less than a week before the vote takes place, Floridians seem unmoved by Rubio’s attempts to prevent a Trump candidacy. The Fox poll shows more than 60 percent of likely Republican primary voters feel “betrayed” and are willing to deal a severe blow to the GOP establishment. Almost 40 percent said they disapprove of Rubio’s job performance, and among this group, Rubio is 62 points behind Trump.

Rubio is also performing poorly among voters who have already cast their ballots, losing to Trump 47 to 22 percent. But there may be hope for Rubio, with 20 percent of voters saying they might change their mind come Tuesday.

Trump is riding high after wins in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii. While Rubio suffered a poor night Tuesday, coming fourth in both Michigan and Mississippi.

Former candidate for the GOP nomination Carly Fiorina called on Republicans Wednesday to unite behind Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore]. “The truth is Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two sides of the same coin. They’re not going to reform the system. They are the system,” she told a Cruz rally in Florida. (RELATED: Carly Fiorina Backs Ted Cruz For President)

In a statement released by his campaign, Cruz said: “Carly speaks the truth with courage, doesn’t back down to the Washington powerbrokers, and terrifies Hillary and the Democrats. We are blessed to have her support, and together I am confident we will continue to unite conservatives so that every American has the opportunity to achieve the unimaginable.”

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