Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio apologized to Trump for 'small hands' crack Sunday shows preview: Bernie soldiers on Fla. Senate candidate bashes Rubio MORE credited an unlikely lawmaker when discussing Veterans Affairs issues at Thursday night's GOP debate: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders looks to Golden State for comeback hopes Secret Service protects Sanders as audience members rush stage Five things Clinton needs to do to win the California primary MORE.
At Thursday's debate, Rubio veered away from personal attacks and focused on a more policy-driven conversation.
The Florida senator is pinning all of his hopes on his home state as he seeks to prove that he is a viable alternative to Trump.
Rubio has insisted that he will not drop out prior to the March 15 contest but has acknowledged that he needs a victory in order to continue to the nomination.
If Rubio fails to win Florida, there will be heightened pressure for him to drop out.
Some recent polls show Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump slams 'totally biased' judge in Trump U case Ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli: I didn’t endorse Trump Five things Clinton needs to do to win the California primary MORE leading by double digits, while others find a tighter race between the front-runner and Rubio.