Which GOP Candidate Will Drop Out After Super Tuesday? They Could Bring Down Trump By Calling It Quits
After business mogul Donald Trump dominated the polls on Super Tuesday — winning seven out of 11 states — many websites and political analysts began predicting which GOP candidate will drop out next. And, while many believe neurosurgeon Ben Carson's, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's times have come, the candidates themselves feel very differently. In fact, it appears no one is throwing in the towel, at least not yet.
On Wednesday, Carson released a statement to officially announce he would not attend Thursday's GOP presidential debate in his hometown of Detroit because he doesn't "see a political path forward," according to CNN. (This after Carson failed to win any just three delegates on Super Tuesday.) However, Carson did not concede nor formally announce he was officially leaving the race.
Unlike Carson, Kasich did win a few delegates (19, to be exact) on the nation's biggest primary day. However, he failed to win a single state — though it should be noted he came close in Vermont. With his Super Tuesday delegates, Kasich now has 25 delegates in total, less than a quarter of the number of delegates third place Rubio has secured, according to Politico. As such, there is now tremendous pressure on Kasich to leave the race, according to BuzzFeed. But Kasich seems unphased, as Kasich believes both Trump and Cruz are unelectable, and he thinks that Rubio is a weak candidate, according to The Atlantic.
Which brings us to Rubio. On Super Tuesday, Rubio won Minnesota. Admirable but a far cry from his goal. In fact, in several states, Rubio failed to cross the 20 percent threshold required to get a share of the delegates, according to The Atlantic. And, while Rubio currently has 110 delegates — a seemingly decent amount, especially when compared to Carson or Kasich — his support palls to that of Cruz's, who has 226 delegates, and (of course) Trump's, who currently has 319. And even though many Republicans, analysts, and "Twitter analysts," are calling for Rubio to drop out, he doesn't seem to be going anywhere:
If they really want to beat Trump then one of Cruz and Rubio will have to drop out and endorse the other. Literally the only chance.— Daniel Zetter (@ImDanada) March 3, 2016
In fact, on Rubio's official campaign website, Rubio stated he is not done fighting, and he expressed he still believes he "can win":
If Rubio dropped out, though, it could help give more support to a candidate who isn't Trump, which would be great for the establishment. That said, regardless of what Carson, Kasich, and Rubio have said, it seems the three candidates will have a steep uphill climb (at best).