Bill Clinton, Marco Rubio to make appearances in Jacksonville today
Final push for votes before Foriday primary
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The eyes of the nation are going to be moving to Florida on Tuesday as voters head to the polls to vote in a presidential primary..
Jacksonville University Public Policy Director Rick Mullaney said Sen. Marco Rubio is campaigning hard in his home state, trying to garner more votes as he trails Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
"On the Republican side, it's winner take all -- 99 delegates," Mullaney said. "(It's) no surprise that you are seeing a big push and especially from Marco Rubio, because Florida is make-or-break."
Rubio held a rallySunday at The Villages in Central Florida. He will be in Jacksonville on Monday morning for a meet-and-greet at Maple Street Biscuit Co. in San Marco. Before that, he'll make an appearance in the 9 a.m. hour of Channel 4's The Morning Show.
Bill Clinton will be in three cities across the state, including Jacksonville to urge voters to support his wife, the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton.
"It's highly unlikely Bernie Sanders can win in Florida, but again, the Clinton campaign wants to make sure that they not only win, but they do in a very substantial manner," Mullaney said.
About 2 million Floridians have already voted early or absentee ballot, but News4Jax political analyst Jennifer Carroll said the polls were slow on a day when traditionally many in the past have cast a ballot.
"Usually, the Sunday prior to a major election is a strong push to get people," Carroll said. "The churchgoers will come and the church will encourage participation from their members. This is not typical of what we've seen in Sundays prior to an election."
Mullaney said the outcome in the Sunshine State is going to have a very big effect on who is going to be the Republican nominee.
"If Donald Trump wins in Florida and Ohio, it appears he is going to be the Republican nominee," Mullaney said. "On the other hand, if you see Marco Rubio and John Kasich win, it's going to drag on for a long time."
Mullaney said there is a possibility the race could go until this summer if Trump doesn't sweep the primaries on Tuesday.
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