It may be the smallest of consolations, but Marco Rubio beat Donald Trump in the closest thing the celebrity New York mogul has to a Miami backyard.
Rubio took 57 percent of the vote in Miami-Dade Precinct No. 371, home to the Trump National Doral resort. Trump finished second, with 29 percent of the precinct’s 577 votes, according to results posted on the county’s Elections website.
The results from one of the 10 county precincts in Doral mirrored Rubio’s dominance in his home county. With 92 percent of the precincts reporting, Rubio held 63 percent of the vote in Miami-Dade, compared to Trump’s 22 percent. The rest of the state was another story, and Trump easily beat Florida’s own senator in Tuesday’s primary.
Still, Rubio could claim a landslide where he votes in West Miami. He took 74 percent of the vote in his home precinct, No. 426, compared to Trump’s 15 percent.
Rubio fared well in Jeb Bush territory, too. Rubio took 56 percent of the vote in Precinct No. 636 in Coral Gables, where Bush votes. That was followed by Trump at 24 percent. Bush himself, who dropped out of the race on Feb. 20, finished a distant fifth in his precinct, with 23 votes. That gave him a 3 percent share of the precinct’s results, well behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich (11 percent) and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (6 percent).