Timeline (Rubio '16)

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February

  • February 1: Florida Senator Marco Rubio wins the Iowa caucuses, receiving eight delegates. New York businessman Donald Trump finishes in second and Texas Senator Ted Cruz finish in second and third places, receiving seven delegates each.
  • February 6: The eighth Republican debate takes place in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Senator Rubio rebuffs New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's attack on Rubio's senatorial attendance record, pointing out that Christie has been missing from his home state for half the year in spite of a recent blizzard. Christie, caught off guard, shakes his head and says "not true, not true" in response.
  • February 9: Donald Trump wins the New Hampshire primary, winning 10 delegates and 29% of the vote. Rubio finishes in second and receives 6 delegates, while Ohio Governor John Kasich finishes in third and receives 4 delegates.
  • February 10: After a lackluster performance, Governors Kasich and Christie and CEO Carly Fiorina announce their withdrawals from the race.
  • February 20: Marco Rubio scores a sweeping victory in South Carolina, taking all 50 delegates and 34% of the popular vote. Florida Governor Jeb Bush ends his campaign. Trump blasts South Carolina's delegate allocation system as "totally unfair."
  • February 23: Rubio wins another victory in the Nevada caucuses, taking 39% of the caucus and 12 delegates. Donald Trump finishes in a close second with 35% of the caucus and 11 delegates.
  • February 25: Rubio is endorsed by 2012 nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at a campaign event in Boston.

March

  • March 1: Super Tuesday begins for both parties' primaries. On the Republican side, Marco Rubio wins Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Vermont, and Virginia, Donald Trump secures victories in Alabama, Massachusetts, and Tennessee, and Senator Ted Cruz scores his first victories in Alaska and his home state of Texas.
  • March 2: Donald Trump announces he will double his self-funded campaign's spending.
  • March 3: 2012 nominee Mitt Romney blasts Trump during a speech at the University of Utah and hails Trump's opponents as "true, committed conservatives."
  • March 4: Ben Carson withdraws from the race.
  • March 5: Donald Trump wins Kentucky and Louisiana, Cruz wins Kansas, and Rubio takes Maine.
  • March 6: Marco Rubio wins the first Puerto Rico primary.
  • March 10: Twelfth debate.
  • March 15: Rubio takes Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.
  • March 17: Ted Cruz formally suspends his campaign.
  • March 22: Rubio takes Arizona and Utah.

April

  • April 5: Wisconsin primary won by Marco Rubio.
  • April 9: Rubio wins the Colorado Republican convention.
  • April 19: Trump wins his home state of New York.
  • April 26: "Acela" Primary takes place for both parties. Rubio wins Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland while Trump takes Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

May

  • May 3: Trump wins Indiana primary.
  • May 10: Rubio takes Nebraska while Trump takes West Virginia.
  • May 17: Rubio wins Oregon primary.
  • May 24: Rubio wins Washington primary.

June

  • June 7: Rubio wins California, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota, while Trump takes Montana. Rubio clinches the nomination after winning the final contests.

July

  • July 8: Donald Trump confirms he will support presumptive nominee Marco Rubio and will speak at the upcoming convention.
  • July 15: Presumptive nominee Marco Rubio announces South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as his running mate.

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