Elections

Marco Rubio wants to keep his presidential delegates

AP

Marco Rubio might still be a player in 2016 presidential politics if Republicans reach their July convention without a nominee.

With that in mind, the Florida senator has reached out to party organizations in states where he won delegates as a candidate to keep them bound to his candidacy.

“I write this letter to inform you that the decision to suspend my campaign for President of the United States is not intended to release any National Convention Delegates bound to me as a result of the 2016 delegation selection process that took place in your State,” reads Rubio’s letter to party chairmen (which misspells “United” as “Untied”). “It is my desire at this time that the delegates allocated to me by your rules remain bound to vote for me on at least the first nominating ballot at the National Convention.”

Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos characterized Rubio’s effort as an attempt to keep delegates tied to what voters wanted -- instead of, say, jumping to front-runner Donald Trump.

“Of course, he’s no longer a candidate and wants to give voters a chance to stop Trump,” Burgos said.

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