Rubio in it for the long haul, despite polling

By Ann Marie Awad   |   Jan. 26, 2016 at 10:50 AM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is polling at third place in early voting states, but that's not stopping him from planning events for donors six weeks out -- well into primary season.

Rubio's campaign is planning a Miami event for maxed-out donors on March 10 and 11, days before the Florida primary on March 15. The March 10 event includes a watch party for the Republican presidential debate on CNN that night.

Donors who have raised $100,000 or more for the campaign will be treated to a "special surrogate and staff lunch" earlier that day.

According to Open Secrets, Rubio and outside groups supporting him have raised nearly $33 million combined.

"Obviously, we're planning for the long haul," Rubio spokesman Alex Conant told Politico. "The contest is likely to last a while."

The events come at the halfway point of primary season, which signals that Rubio is hoping for a comeback. Rubio's national polling average, according to RealClear Politics has dipped down to 11 percent, eight points behind second-place Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Polling in Iowa mirrors the national trend, and polling in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire shows Rubio in fourth place with 10 percent.

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