Unlike past contests, in Tuesday’s primaries, a different candidate has an endorsement lead from state legislators. In Idaho, Ted Cruz is winning, in Michigan it’s Marco Rubio, and in Mississippi it’s Donald Trump (the only state he’s ever “won” this way).
There are only 8 Republican state legislators in Hawaii, and one of them, Senator Sam Slom, has endorsed Ted Cruz.
In today’s Republican primaries, Marco Rubio leads the endorsement race amongst state legislators in 3 out of 4 states, and in the 4th, Maine, he is behind by only a single endorsement.
All 24 of 72 Kentucky Republicans have endorsed Rubio.
Super Tuesday is today. Below are the endorsement counts in 11 of these states. Note that Alaska and Colorado Republicans have made no endorsements of the 5 currently running candidates.
The pattern is clear: Marco Rubio is the overwhelming leader in 9 of 11 of these states. Ted Cruz has the endorsement lead in his home state of Texas, as well as Wyoming.
Rubio’s endorsement lead amongst the variety of Super Tuesday states is a testament to the idea that he is the most acceptable to most of the Republican party’s factions, as opposed to Ted Cruz.
Trump and Carson are complete non-entities when it comes to Super Tuesday endorsements, though of course they don’t seem to care much. Presumably Kasich does — and the party signal here is very clear, apart from 2nd place in states like Massachusetts and Virginia.
Two endorsements — both Marco Rubio.