Rubio: 'It's going to come down to Florida'

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.) acknowledged on Wednesday that Florida's March 15 primary is do-or-die for his campaign.

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"It is true, we haven’t done as well in some of those states as we wanted to, but it’s going to come down to Florida for me, and it always has in the presidential races," the junior senator said on Wednesday night at an MSNBC town hall.

Rubio said that because Florida offers such a large prize — 99 delegates all to the winner — "it has always been a priority."  

"Even if I had done really well in all of these previous states, if I had not done well in Florida, it would be trouble for our campaign," he told MSNBC moderator Chuck Todd. 

"So we need to win here. That’s our priority. We’re focused on it like a laser, and we’re going to win. We feel really good about it." 

Rubio also said that if Florida Republicans cast votes for his rivals, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE, those votes are ultimately votes for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE.  

"In Florida the only one that has any chance of beating Donald Trump is me ... If you don't want Donald Trump to be the nominee, even if you are a supporter of Ted Cruz or even if you're a supporter of John Kasich, you vote for Marco Rubio because a vote for anyone other than me is a vote for Donald Trump."