Donald Trump is the projected winner of Florida’s winner-take-all Republican primary.
According to the state Division of Elections, Trump is at 45.4 percent, followed by Marco Rubio at 27.5 percent. Ted Cruz is in third with 16.6 percent of the vote.
The results come as a crushing blow to the Rubio campaign. He had long said he would win his home state, and has spent the last week barnstorming Florida to drum up support for his campaign. But he’s lagged in the polls for weeks, and several polls released this week showed the Trump crushing the Miami Republican, in some cases by more than 20 points.
On Tuesday, Rubio told WDBO in Orlando the polls were “out of control.”
“They’re crazy, they’re way out of whack,” he said in the interview. “I can’t guarantee a win today. I’m telling you we expect to win tonight, but we are not 20 points behind and I think we’re going to prove that here in the next few hours.”
Rubio’s political future remains hazy. He lags behind in the delegate count, and a path to the Republican nomination is unclear.