Marco Rubio — once seen as the standard-bearer of a more inclusive Republican Party but who struggled to excite voters — suspended his campaign for president Tuesday night after badly losing his Florida home state primary, sending mainstream Republicans scrambling again in their urgent mission to stop Donald Trump. Rubio’s decision marked an embarrassing blow to dozens of prominent elected officials and donors who backed him. His departure narrows the GOP field at the moment to three: Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. “America is in the middle of a real political storm, a tsunami, and we should have seen this coming,” Rubio told supporters in announcing his departure from the race, saying the “politics of resentment” that swamped his campaign. “But I chose a different route and I’m proud of that.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.