OUR STRATEGY


Although we don’t like it, we understand and respect that Marco suspended his campaign on March 15, 2016.

However, we are not asking him to immediately reinstate his campaign. We understand such requests are not grounded in political and campaign finance realities. Since some of us were intricately involved in Marco’s campaign finance efforts, we know that although the campaign raised $47.7 million, a presidential campaign is a huge undertaking; that is, we understand what it takes to support a campaign staff payroll, travel expenses, and advertising budget in order to compete on the same level as a “self-financing” billionaire. We are therefore not asking Marco to jump back in. Not just yet…

Rather, we believe his recent move to try to hold on to his delegates and wait and see if we are headed to a contested convention is a wise and prudent one.

Our goal is clearly for Marco to be chosen as the 2016 nominee at a brokered convention. Our strategy is therefore as follows:

First, help us stop Trump from acquiring the magic number: 1,237 delegates. If he obtains this amount, then Marco is out of the picture this cycle. However, if Trump fails to secure this amount, then there will be a contested convention and Marco has a shot at winning the nomination. In order to do this, we need to look at how we can best block Trump. While casting your vote for Marco in state primaries in which delegates are awarded proportional still makes sense, we must vote for the candidate who has the best chance of defeating Trump in the winner-take-all states. Marco has recently been positioning himself to prevent a Trump victory by asking that he be removed from the ballot in some states. He doesn’t want you to vote for him post suspension because he does not want to pull votes away from the other candidate best situated to prevent Trump from winning the state and being awarded all the state’s delegates. The WORST thing you can do is override Marco’s move by writing him in after he has removed himself. Sometimes, we have to take a small step backward to make a giant leap forward. We are asking you to monitor which candidate is giving Trump the best run for his money and vote for that candidate in your winner-take-all state. This keeps the door open for Marco.  NOTE: As each election draws nearer, we will post for whom you should vote to block Trump. (UPDATE 5/8/16: with Donald Trump the last remaining candidate, we believe we can no longer strategically affect the outcome. Go ahead and vote Rubio in the remaining states, writing him in whenever possible, out of principle.).

The full primary schedule is listed here: 

To understand which states are proportional, winner-take-all, or hybrid, click here: 

Time has a good description of remaining states as well.

Here is the OFFICIAL RNC GUIDE TO THE NOMINATING PROCESS:


STATES COMING UP:

 

May 10, 2016


Nebraska

Type of Primary: Primary

Type of State: Winner Take All

Number of Delegates: 36 Total Delegates

Who to Vote for to Block Trump and Help Marco: RUBIO


West Virginia

Type of Primary: Primary

Type of State: Hybrid (Note: the 34 delegates are elected directly on the ballot, having previously specified the candidate they intend to support).

Number of Delegates: 34 Total Delegates

Who to Vote for to Block Trump and Help Marco: RUBIO

 

May 17, 2016


Oregon

Type of Primary: Primary

Type of State: Proportional

Number of Delegates: 28 Total Delegates

Who to Vote for to Block Trump and Help Marco: RUBIO


May 24, 2016


Washington

Type of Primary: Primary

Type of State: Proportional with 20% threshold

Number of Delegates: 44 Total Delegates

Who to Vote for to Block Trump and Help Marco: RUBIO 

 

June 7, 2016


California

Type of Primary: Primary

Type of State: Hybrid (Note: California's system is essentially winner-take-all, but with a twist. The delegates are split between congressional delegates and state-wide delegates, with three delegates assigned to Republican National Committee officials. The top candidate state-wide picks up 10 delegates, while the top candidates in each district pick up three votes per district. Indiana and Wisconsin follow a similar method of distributing their delegates).

Number of Delegates: 172 Total Delegates

Who to Vote for to Block Trump and Help Marco: RUBIO

News: Rubio asked to be taken off ballot


Montana

Type of Primary: Primary

Number of Delegates: 27 Total Delegates

Who to Vote for to Block Trump and Help Marco: RUBIO


New Jersey

Type of Primary: Primary

Number of Delegates: 51 Total Delegates

Who to Vote for to Block Trump and Help Marco: RUBIO


New Mexico

Type of Primary: Primary

Number of Delegates: 24 Total Delegates

Who to Vote for to Block Trump and Help Marco: RUBIO


South Dakota

Type of Primary: Primary

Number of Delegates: 29 Total Delegates

Who to Vote for to Block Trump and Help Marco: RUBIO

 

Next, help us convince as many of the 2,472 RNC delegates as possible to choose Marco as they become unbound.

If Trump fails to secure 1,237 votes before July, then we will enter a “contested” convention. If after the first round of voting, Trump fails to secure the 1,237 delegates, then we are considered in a “brokered” convention. Each state’s rules vary; however, as each round of voting progresses, more and more delegates become unbound and can chose to vote for whomever they wish. We are therefore asking pro-Marco folks to explore becoming delegates themselves by contacting the RNC and we are asking all of the delegates to choose Marco once they are no longer bound. In furtherance of this objective, we have launched a petition to these RNC delegates to show our support for Marco. Everyone should be signing this petition, sharing it on their Facebook wall, and promoting it in any and all pro Marco and Anti Trump groups. Every time someone signs this petition, the RNC gets notified via email (formerly these emails were sent to Marco himself). Some of us are even talking with delegates personally to lobby them to vote for Marco. We have issued a press release regarding the petition to national media and intend to issue more to promote the “Nominate Marco” movement shortly.

 

Finally, please help us generally reinstate “Marcomentum.” Not only do we want to do this to show the public there is still a Marco movement, we want to show MARCO there is still a Marco Movement… that it is strong, loud, and focuses on him jumping back in once we know we are headed for a contested convention. No candidate ever feels very good about having to suspend. We know Marco did not want to suspend. And we know Marco is watching what transpires here. We have made him aware of this “Nominate Marco” website and movement. Although he remains silent, for obvious reasons, we believe he is watching the number of signatures rise. We believe this will motivate him to FIGHT it out at the convention in one last attempt to bring on a “New American Century.” You will see sponsored ads promoting the “Nominate Marco” movement on Facebook, Google and Yahoo/Bing. Please like and share these posts when possible. Word of mouth and your direct personal involvement remains our best tool to market the site and promote the cause. Remember, this is a grassroots effort, which means each of you must play a role in order for this to work. Again, the more people are talking about the “Nominate Marco” site, the more likely the media will pick up the story, which, in turn, makes the movement even larger.

Now that we have a plan, let’s all get to work implementing the strategy, let’s get the spotlight back on the Honorable Marco Rubio, and let’s bring on that “New American Century.”