Marco Rubio wins District of Columbia
Marco Rubio Wins GOP Contest in District of Columbia.
Florida senator notches third victory of 2016 presidential race, faces key test in home-state primary Tuesday.
By Byron Tau
Updated March 12, 2016 10:19 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was declared the winner of Washington, D.C.’s Republican presidential convention on Saturday.
It was Mr. Rubio’s his third win in his bid for the GOP nomination. He has also won Minnesota and Puerto Rico but trails his Republican rivals badly in the delegate math. Mr. Rubio has staked his campaign on winning his home state of Florida on Tuesday.
Mr. Rubio was declared the winner of the District of Columbia’s convention with 37.3% of the ballots, according to the DC Republican Party, just ahead of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who received 35.5%. Businessman Donald Trump received 13.8% of the vote, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz received 12.4%.
Only Messrs. Rubio and Kasich will collect delegates. Messrs. Trump and Cruz failed to clear the 15% threshold needed to be awarded delegates.