JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio announced he is suspending his campaign.
Rubio says he is not on the ‘winning side’ in the race.
Rubio has only won Minnesota and Puerto Rico in his bid to become the GOP front-runner.
Rubio exits the presidential race having won 163 delegates to the Republican National Convention this summer.
The vast majority of those delegates will be sought-after free agents, free to support the candidate of their choice – unless Rubio tries to resurrect his campaign at a contested convention.
GOP rules require delegates to vote for the candidate who won them on the first ballot at the convention. However, most state parties release those delegates if their candidate is no longer running.
If Rubio jumps back in the race, he keeps his delegates.
Rubio can ask them to support another candidate, but they don’t have to.