By Ben Kamisar
Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: Turkey attack 'directed' by ISIS Trump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office GOP mega-donor: Trump would cause 'global depression' MORE (R-Fla.) was shut out of delegates from voting in four states voting on Tuesday after poor performances in Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi.
He took about 5 percent of the vote in Mississippi and 9 percent in Michigan, running fourth out of four GOP presidential contenders in both states.
Rubio took 18 percent in Idaho, missing the 20-percent threshold for delegates.
Rubio again missed on delegates in Hawaii by placing third.
Rubio sits in a distant third in delegates, hundreds behind Trump and Cruz. He has pinned all of his hopes on his home state, telling supporters that the winner in Florida will likely take the party's nomination.
Ninety-nine delegates are up for grabs in next Tuesday's winner-take-all contest in Florida, a significant amount for any candidate seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
Rubio presently has an estimated 154 delegates, well behind Cruz’s approximately 360 and Trump’s roughly 461 in the race to 1,237 delegates required for a contender to secure the Republican nomination.
The freshman senator has won just two voting contests so far, claiming victories in Minnesota and Puerto Rico earlier this month.
Trump leads the Republican presidential field by over 14 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.
--This report was updated on March 9 at 8:30 a.m.