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Rubio: The polls are wrong, I'm going embarrass the pollsters and win Florida
We're a few hours from the end of voting in Florida and, if the polling is correct, we know how things there will turn out. Trump will, more than likely, crush Rubio. Then, all eyes will be focus on Ohio as the last stand for the anti-Trump movement. However, there's at least one person who thinks the polling is wrong.
In fact, as The Washington Examiner reports, he's predicting that pollsters are going to be owing people some serious refunds after an embarrassing evening...
polls throughout the 2016 cycle have been "horrifying" and off base, adding that networks will likely want their money back after a continued string of shoddy polls.
"I don't look at the numbers," Rubio told host Martha MacCallum. "I think a bunch of networks are going to have to ask their pollsters for their money back. Polls this election cycle are horrifying."
"Quite frankly, I think a lot of people are going to be embarrassed tonight and are going to want refunds from the money they spent on those polls because we're going to win Florida," Rubio said. "We feel very optimistic about that."
Earlier today, I argued there's a lot to be said for refusing to offer your opponents a premature surrender. However, you also have to deal with reality. The fact is that, 99 times out of a 100, the guy who says "the polls are wrong" is the guy headed for a humiliating loss.
If you're winning, you say "We're excited to see the results Tuesday night."
If things are close, you say "The polls are close but I think we're going to do alright."
If you know you're losing, you say "The polls are meaningless" because you're hoping and praying for a miracle.
Lo and behold, Rubio's campaign - if perhaps not the candidate himself - has come to the realization that divine intervention is probably their last hope.
“Marco’s at peace; he knows he put it all out there and whatever happens happens,” said a longtime Rubio backer and fundraiser. “His faith is real. He knows he has been blessed. But don’t get me wrong: We’re still praying.”
More than one Rubio supporter has described the likelihood of a win as a “miracle.”
Making a Rubio win even more unlikely is that so many Republicans have already cast early and absentee ballots, a record 1.14 million. That’s probably half of the electorate who will vote in the entire primary. So in order for Rubio to have a shot at winning, he’d need to win Election Day by the same margin that he has likely lost the early vote by.
In other words, the polls will almost certainly be born out in Florida.
Rubio's optimism may be boundless, but it's almost impossible to imagine it being rewarded.