There would be no suspense over the results of the presidential primary in Florida Tuesday night, where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton walked away with landslide victories.
The only question was whether U.S. Senator Marco Rubio would drop out of the race for the Republican nominee. He answered that Tuesday night by saying his loss in Florida was the end of his presidential campaign.
“America is in the middle of a real political storm. A real tsunami. And we should have seen it coming,” he told his supporters at a rally in West Miami amid shots of “I love you Marco.”
Rubio was stomped in his home state by Donald Trump, who won 45 percent of the vote, according to the Florida Division of Elections. More than 2.3 million people cast ballots in the GOP primary, but Rubio mustered only 27 percent, despite significant support in Miami-Dade.
In the race for the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton received close to 65 percent of the 1.6 million votes counted by the state in the race. Her only opponent, Bernie Sanders, received 33 percent.
Having also won a primary election in Ohio to take a commanding lead in the race for the party nomination, Clinton congratulated Sanders on running a feisty campaign during an election event at the Palm Beach Convention Center Tuesday night. She then called on any voters sitting on the fence to start supporting her.
“If you’ve been waiting for the right moment, now’s the time,” she said.
Locally, voters on Miami Beach supported a proposal to build a 25-story convention center hotel, but not by a wide enough margin. The Portman Holdings project, which tourism officials have said was key to complementing a $600 million renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center, needed 60 percent support to pass, but received only 54 percent. A second ballot question about what to do with the money from the proposed hotel lease passed, but those results are moot with the failure of the hotel question.
Opponents of the project spoke out against its height and worries about traffic. Some of the attacks were criticized as shady, misleading and inaccurate. Late Tuesday, Mayor Philip Levine took to Facebook to criticize those who attacked the project through a mysterious political action committee.
“A majority of Miami Beach voters today said they are ready to finish the job at our convention center,” he wrote. “There is little doubt that the secretive efforts by the opponents of the measure resulted in the referendum failing to reach the near super-majority requirement.”
Hotel developer Jack Portman said he was disappointed with the vote but thankful to have spoken with voters in the weeks he made the rounds around the city's neighborhood associations. But he too said misleading attacks tanked the referendum.
“I played by the rules,” Portman said. “They didn't.”
In Miami, voters approved the Riverside Wharf , a $30 million complex of four restaurants and a fish market on public and private land on the Miami River. Developers Alex Mantecon and Guillermo Vadell are privately financing the project, which will include a commercial fishing operation run by the Garcia family.
In Surfside, Daniel Dietch wins the mayor’s race with more than 56 percent of the vote