After Tuesday night’s 19-point lost in Florida’s primary election to Republican presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump, it was probably clear to Senator Marco Rubio and many others, that his past support for a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens sunk his campaign before it even started.
Immigration reform is one of the issues that the base of the Republican Party clung to because of the economic and national security threats that are inextricably tied to it.
Many friends and supporters of his, like myself, are a bit frustrated that he took this path back in 2013, even after swearing to Floridians in 2010, that he would not support any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants, if they voted him into the U.S. Senate.
Rubio betrayed many Floridians in 2010, and the election night results showed Rubio that they had not forgotten what he did.
This was Rubio’s nomination to lose before he joined the infamous Senate “Gang of 8” immigration reform bill.
If it wasn’t for his support of Obama’s immigration agenda, I believe that the field would have been cleared for Rubio to become the 2016 presidential nominee, and we wouldn’t have seen Cruz, Trump, Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee, and probably a few others, enter the race against Rubio.
Marco Rubio gambled on immigration, and lost.
So, what is next for Rubio?
Governor of Florida in 2018? Probably not.
I suspect that Rubio will finish out his Senate career with a big push, then go home and make up for lost time with his family.
That would be the right thing to do, considering that he has been on the campaign trail for so long.
Is Rubio down and out for the count politically?
Not by a long shot.