Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will hold a rally in Pensacola ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Florida primary, Rubio’s campaign confirmed Thursday.
The rally will be held on Saturday, March 12 beginning at 7:00 p.m at the Fish House restaurant, located at 600 South Barracks Street in downtown Pensacola. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
The Fish House — owned by Collier Merrill, a prominent Republican donor — is no stranger to national politics. The restaurant hosted a Mitt Romney rally in 2012, and John McCain and Mike Huckabee both made stops there in 2008.
Rubio, a U.S. Senator from Florida, trails both businessman Donald Trump and Texas senator Ted Cruz in delegate totals, leading many pundits to suggest that he must win his home state in order for his campaign to be viable. Polls leading up to Tuesday’s vote have shown Rubio lagging anywhere from 12 to 23 points behind Trump. Rubio has called himself “the only candidate that can beat Trump in Florida,” urging supporters of other candidates to vote for him in order to “stop Donald Trump.”