Marco Rubio’s campaign manager committed what might be a worse faux pas than the candidate himself. He admitted that Rubio would be open to a brokered convention.
“We very easily could be looking at May — or the convention,” [Terry] Sullivan said aboard Rubio’s charter jet from New Hampshire to South Carolina on Wednesday. “I would be surprised if it’s not May or the convention.”
Rubio has 10 delegates, one less than Cruz and 7 less than Trump. But South Carolina is a modified winner-take-all state, with 26 “at large” and 3 RNC delegates going to the statewide top finisher. In order to have a chance at resurrecting his campaign after finishing fifth behind Jeb Bush in New Hampshire, Rubio would almost certainly have to win those delegates.
By admitting his campaign is looking to May, past the March 1 “SEC Primary,” Sullivan is all but admitting defeat in South Carolina. Not a wise move.
At this point, without some kind of save-the-world play, Rubio is only in a position to help Donald Trump win the nomination outright. If he’s going to admit defeat, he should get out of the way.