U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio — in a desperate fight for second place — came out with what sounded like a victory speech last night before he had managed to win a single state in Super Tuesday voting.

“We are so excited about what’s ahead for America. We are so excited about what lies ahead for our campaign,” Rubio said at a rally at Tropical in Miami in his home state of Florida — which he must win March 15 to stay viable. “The pundits say we’re underdogs. I’ll accept that. We’ve all been underdogs. This is a community of underdogs. This is a state of underdogs. This is a country of underdogs. But we will win.”

Later last night, Rubio won his first state in the race when he took the GOP caucuses in Minnesota.

The Rubio campaign has developed a Hail Mary strategy to force a floor fight by securing enough delegates to keep Trump below the 1,237 threshold needed to claim the nomination on the first ballot at the Republican convention.

A senior campaign adviser told Boston Herald Radio yesterday Rubio intends to keep up his attacks on Trump in a race that has grown increasingly ugly.

“You get to a point where you’ve got to fight fire with fire,” Rubio adviser Jason Roe said. “You have to mock Trump a little bit because he has become a caricature of himself, and I think that’s frankly more effective than trying to litigate policy, because he’s not really a guy that actually believes in anything.”

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