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

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday This week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul 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 CruzOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few ready to vote against it Anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis to seek reelection in Kentucky MORE, those votes are ultimately votes for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: 'DC should annex' Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates 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."