CNN anchor Jake Tapper late Tuesday asked Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' MORE if he was in denial about his standing in the Republican presidential race.

“You’re talking about Virginia, and that’s another state [Republican presidential front-runner] Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE won,” Tapper said during an interview with the Florida senator as Super Tuesday results rolled in. "I just wonder if there’s a certain amount of denial you’re in about this race."

The tough questioning occurred before Rubio won Minnesota’s caucuses, his sole victory on Super Tuesday and in the presidential race so far.

Rubio said he remains focused on the contests following Super Tuesday, including his home state of Florida, which will hold a winner-take-all primary on March 15.

“We’re in the winner-take-all phase of this,” he said. "You know this is about the delegate count. This is not a traditional race.”

Rubio said the establishment Republican opposition to Trump still gives him a path to becoming the party’s standard-bearer.

“Usually in a race like this, you’d have a front-runner and people would be saying, ‘You need to drop out and rally around the front-runner for the sake of the party.' They’re saying the opposite now. There will never come a time in this race where our supporters are asking us to get out and rally around Donald Trump.

“What people are saying is, ‘Fight as hard as you can to save the party of [former Presidents] Lincoln and Reagan from a con artist who refuses to criticize the [Ku Klux Klan],” he added.

“If we nominate Donald Trump as our nominee for the Republican Party, it will be the end of the modern Republican Party. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE will smoke him in a general election.”

Trump won seven out of 11 voting contests on Super Tuesday, well ahead of the three for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE (R-Texas) and the one for Rubio.

Rubio argued during a separate interview on Fox News Tuesday evening that Cruz was the night’s true loser, charging that he underperformed in Southern states seemingly fit for his campaign.