Rubio says he won't drop out if he loses Florida
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Republican presidential candidate 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 said on Tuesday he will continue campaigning even if he loses the Florida primary.

“Tomorrow our plan is to be in Utah campaigning, irrespective of tonight,” Rubio told WDBO on Tuesday, BuzzFeed News reported.

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“It would be a lot better to go to Utah being the winner of the Florida primary. It would give us a tremendous amount of momentum. It would give us 99 delegates, and that’s the way we want to do it tonight.”

Rubio is hoping for a win Tuesday night in his home state — a winner-take-all state with 99 delegates at stake. But in recent polls, Republican presidential front-runner 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 holds a large lead over the senator.

According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls in the state, Trump leads by 18.3 points, 43 to 24.7 percent.

Rubio said the polls were "out of control" and "way out of whack."

Although he said he can't "guarantee a win," Rubio said he expects to win.

Rubio also said it was getting harder to think about supporting Trump if he secures the Republican nomination, reiterating comments he made this past weekend. 

“My intention remains to support the Republican nominee, but I want to be frank — everyday that goes by it gets harder and harder to imagine supporting Donald Trump if he’s our nominee, simply because I think that many of the things he’s doing and has done are damaging to the conservative movement,” he said.

Rubio said he finds it "unacceptable" to have a nominee who encourages violence, uses profanity and is not respectful of women and minorities.

"I look at it and say, he doesn’t in anyway exemplify to me what a leader should be about and certainly doesn’t exemplify any sort of servant leadership, and it gets harder every day, to be honest with you,” he said.