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Marco Rubio suspending campaign after Florida primary loss

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks at a rally in Reno, Nev. Ask people what economic issues will be important for the next president, and Democrats, Republicans and independents alike all put a high priority on protecting Social Security and reducing unemployment. Beyond that, though, their lists of top economic concerns for the next president are more fractured, according to a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File -- VIDEO: CNN Newsource)

Acknowledging his defeat in his home state Tuesday night, Sen. Marco Rubio congratulated Republican front-runner Donald Trump on his "big victory" in the Florida primary and announced that he is suspending his campaign.

"We live in a republic and our voters make these decisions," Rubio said, trying to calm the crowd that was booing Trump's win.

"While we are on the right side this year, we will not be on the winning side," he said later in his speech.

"It may not be God's plan that I be president in 2016, or maybe ever."

Rubio thanked his supporters for their work and spoke of the future of the conservative movement, blaming the dysfunction in the political system on the president and on Republicans who took conservative voters for granted.

"After eight years of Barack Obama, this country needs a strong and vibrant conservative movement," he said.

Rubio was interrupted by an apparent Trump supporter early in his speech.

"Don't worry, he won't get beat up at our event," he said, referring to the violence seen at some Trump rallies.

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