Is Marco Rubio being urged to get out of the GOP nomination race before Florida? That is what CNN is reporting even as the Rubio campaign insists that is not happening.
"He doesn't want to get killed in his home state," one source familiar with the discussions said, noting "a poor showing would be a risk and hurt his political future."
Alex Conant, Rubio's communication director, said the report of such an internal debate is "100% false."
"That is fiction," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room.
"I was sitting in a senior staff meeting planning out next week's schedule when I saw this report suddenly air and I came racing across town to correct it," he added.
But CNN insists that they double-checked with their sources, even after the denial and the word is that Rubio is being urged to leave the race before his chances are dashed beyond the presidential race.
"They're afraid that a poor showing would be a risk and hurt his political future, whether some day he might want to run for governor or being considered for vice-president," said CNN special corespondent Jamie Gangel.
The latest poll of Florida Republican voters by Monmouth does show Rubio closing the gap with Trump in Florida, with 38% backing Trump to 30% for Rubio. The previous poll, conducted by PPP, showed Trump up 45% to Rubio's 25%.
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