Politico/ABC News/WGBH – The winner of Tuesday’s Republican primary is the one you want to see on the ballot.
This week’s GOP primaries will be the first to take place after the Nov. 6 general election, and the race to become the party’s presidential nominee is shaping up to be a close one.
The race between Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz will be contested in states where voting is still underway.
Here’s what you need to know.
(Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post) The race is expected to be one of the most closely fought primaries in the history of the Republican Party, with the candidates and their campaigns locked in a vicious campaign to win over supporters and voters.
With a primary contest now underway, here’s what to know about the candidates.
Who is Rubio?
Marco Rubio is a former Florida governor and a member of the House of Representatives.
He is running for the GOP presidential nomination.
He came out of retirement to run for president in 2016, and his campaign is focused on securing enough delegates to secure the nomination.
Rubio has a history of backing President Trump’s positions.
In January, Rubio, then a senator, called Trump’s immigration plan “inhumane” and said he would “never support it.”
In June, he endorsed Trump’s plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
In July, he criticized the president’s response to Hurricane Harvey.
He said in August that Trump was “ignoring the American people and ignoring the needs of the American citizens.”
In October, Rubio said the president “is not listening to the American citizenry.”
He has repeatedly said that Trump is “ignorant” about America and that the president is “incompetent” and that he should not be in charge of the nation.
Rubio is running as the Republican nominee because he says he is better equipped to defeat Hillary Clinton, who has been the party nominee since 1992.
She won the Democratic nomination.
What are the issues?
While Trump has repeatedly called for a Muslim registry, Rubio has called for banning people from coming into the U, and he has said that Muslims should not register as Democrats or as Republicans.
Rubio, who is Cuban-American, also has said he opposes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
The candidates also have differing stances on the Syrian refugee crisis, which has led some to wonder if they are on the same side on the issue.
Trump has said repeatedly that he supports a path for Syrian refugees, while Rubio has said it’s up to Congress to decide.
Trump said at a campaign event in December that he would allow the country to accept refugees, but he also has called the issue a “political witch hunt.”
Rubio said he opposed Trump’s executive order on immigration and said the U “should be able to control who comes into our country.”
How will the primary play out?
The candidates are likely to participate in the Republican primary on Tuesday in Florida, which holds the most delegates.
The state has a high percentage of Hispanic voters, but there are also a number of other Latino-majority states that also have primary contests this week, including Texas, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.
Who will win the nomination?
It’s not a sure thing, as Rubio has struggled to win support among Latino voters.
Trump won Florida by almost 14 percentage points in 2016.
Cruz and Rubio have both won Florida in recent years, and Trump and Cruz both hold significant leads in some battleground states.
Both have said they are going to “fight on” in the primary, with Trump telling supporters last month that he intends to keep campaigning and to continue fighting in the general election.
Rubio also has a lead in the polls nationally.
He leads Trump by about 2 percentage points nationally, according to Real Clear Politics.
How close is the race?
The Associated Press has a model that takes into account the number of delegates and votes a candidate needs to win a majority of delegates in a state to become president.
The model assumes the race is 50/50 between Rubio and Cruz, with Rubio gaining enough delegates from the remaining primaries to secure a majority.
If the race remains close, the model projects Trump will win more delegates and win more states than Cruz and win fewer delegates overall.
Rubio could win as many as 32 states and the District of Columbia.
He would need a net gain of roughly 2,300 delegates to clinch the nomination outright.
The AP model assumes Rubio would win a net of 2,000 delegates.