Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says ''many of the states that voted tonight are states that, quite frankly, some of my opponents just do better in.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Asked by a reporter about his low percentage numbers in Kansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Maine on the Super Saturday nominating contest, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, speaking to the media in Puerto Rico, says those were states where his opponents perform better. "Many of the states that voted tonight are states that, quite frankly, some of my opponents just do better in, and I recognized that going in. But we wanted to make sure that we got our fair share of delegates in this proportional process. We're soon going to be in the winner-take-all process, in larger states like in Florida, and in other places like that, and that's where we feel very confident moving forward," Rubio said. Saturday's contests were the first since retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson dropped from the race, after polling in the single-digits in most of the nominating contests. Carson had drawn support from evangelical voters, a group that has also been a stronghold of Cruz. Since winning seven of 11 contests on Super Tuesday, Trump has come under withering fire from a Republican establishment worried he will lead the party to a resounding defeat in November's election. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, held near Washington, D.C., Rubio, criticized the media for fueling Trump's rise. The anti-Trump forces have a short window to stop the caustic businessman, who has accumulated 319 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination at July's Republican national convention, outpacing Cruz, who has 226 delegates. On March 15, the delegate-rich states of Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and North Carolina will vote. Both Florida and Ohio use the winner-take-all method to allocate Republican delegates, making the stakes in those two states particularly high. If Trump takes Florida and Ohio he would be nearly impossible to stop. There are a total of 358 delegates at stake in the five states voting March 15, including 99 in Florida and 66 in Ohio.