Meanwhile, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is solidifying her lead. Should Clinton roll up such margins in the swath of Southern states that vote on Tuesday, it may not matter if she ekes out wins or close second-place finishes to Sanders elsewhere.
Trump is in Alabama ahead of the Super Tuesday primaries March 1. The concern among Republican leaders appeared to grow in light of Trump's refusal to immediately disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's support. Sunday Trump asserted that he didn't know who Duke is and offered no acknowledgement that Duke was affiliated with the KKK. "We can not be a party that nominates someone who refused to condemn white supremacist and the Ku Klux Klan", said Florida Sen.
With the Super Tuesday primaries just around the corner, Trump is taking heat from his GOP rivals, and also from Democrats, for not denouncing an endorsement he recently received from David Duke , a former KKK leader. "I was just suggesting all the different people that could have been involved at a time when speculation was rampant", Wilkerson said. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen.
In many Super Tuesday states , Republican candidates who reach 50 percent get all the delegates in that state, and candidates who fall beneath 20 percent get none. Sullivan said the race would be a "very, very long slog" and the campaign would be ready for anything - contested convention or not - but that the party needed to rally behind Rubio.
A survey of GOP insiders conducted by Politico last week showed a sharp pivot toward Trump, with one saying the candidate "continues to be a heat-seeking missile in the GOP, blowing up every obstacle in his way".
But the nasty state of the race was starting to take its toll. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, of Georgia, also backs Rubio. He's down about 20 points, and the people in Florida can't stand him. In a new exclusive Channel 2 Action News \ Landmark Communications RosettaStone poll, Trump is surging in Georgia. He also repeatedly called Cruz a liar and mocked him for not having picked up any endorsements from fellow lawmakers.