Florida Primary is Around the Corner

Will Marco Rubio stop Donald Trump?



GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Cabarrus Arena on Monday, March 7, 2016 in Concord, N.C. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Alan McGonigle, Sports Editor

The Florida Republican and Democratic primaries will take place on Tuesday, March 15th. Residents throughout the state of Florida will vote for who they want to be their party’s nominee for highest position of power, the president of the United States.

The question many ask is “What is a primary election?”

A primary election is one that will decide who will be the nominee for a political party. For example, if Donald Trump wins the required amount of delegates which for the Republicans is 1,237, he will win the nomination. For the Democrats, the required delegate count is 2,383.

The current leader for Democrats is Hillary Clinton who is annihilating her rival Bernie Sanders with her whopping 658 delegates and 458 super delegates. This puts her at a total of 1,130 delegates. For Sanders, he has a tally of 499 delegates with only 22 super delegates.

As of March 8, for the Republicans, Real Estate mogul Donald Trump comes it at the top of the field with 384 delegates, Ted Cruz comes in second with 300 delegates, In third and Fourth is Rubio and Kasich, Rubio has 151 delegates while Kasich has 37. Florida Senator Marco Rubio has promised to win his home state.

For the Democrats, Floridians in the Democratic party will be voting for either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, Clinton leads Florida 54 to 24 over Senator Sanders.

For the Republicans, Floridians in the Republican party will have a variety of choices to choose from, ranging from Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich.

In the latest poll, Trump leads by eight in Florida over Senator Marco Rubio. As for the rest of the field, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are in third and fourth place.

Florida is one of the most coveted states for both Democratic and Republican nominees in both the Primaries and the General Election, as it is a swing state. It’s also the first winner-take-all primary for the Republican party.

Many Democrats will be delighted to know that Clinton will pull away with Florida, but for the Republicans it is a different story.

Each candidate in the GOP is doing everything in his power to stop the surge of Donald Trump. Many are unhappy with his rhetoric on topics ranging from women to Islam.

Overall, March 15th should be should be an interesting night for both parties and may make or break some of the candidates.