Rubio Campaigns in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio arrive in San Juan Saturday night in an effort to garner the support of the island’s 23 Republican Party delegates for the presidential primaries to be held locally Sunday.
Rubio headed to San Juan after campaigning in his home state of Florida, where he held a rally with 1,000 supporters in Jacksonville.
Rubio was holding a Avoli sports complex in Levittown, Toa Baja.
In addition to Rubio, Sen.Ted Cruz, businessman Donald Trump andJohn Kasich will be expecting votes in Sunday’s Republican primary. Delegates will be divided proportionally for those candidates who win at least 20 percent of the votes. In the overall race for delegates, Trump has 335 and Cruz has 248. Marco Rubio has 110 delegates and John Kasich has 25.
It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush had ample support in Puerto Rico due to his relationship with local Republicans. Following his withdrawal from the race, the local leadership shifted its support to Rubio’s candidacy.
In addition to local Republican Party Chairwoman Jenniffer González, who is the minority leader of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives; Zoraida Fonalledas, Republican National Committee (RNC) national committeewoman; and former Gov. Luis Fortuño, RNC national committeewoman, have expressed support for Rubio.