Marco Rubio’s campaign is telling Ohio supporters to vote for John Kasich – instead of Rubio – to “defeat Trump.”

“If you are a Republican primary voter in Ohio and you want to defeat Donald Trump, your best chance in Ohio is John Kasich,” Rubio’s communications director Alex Conant said Friday on CNN.

When asked if he was actually telling Rubio supporters to vote for Kasich on March 15, Conant confirmed his statement, adding: “Yeah, my answer is John Kasich is the one candidate in Ohio that can beat Donald Trump.”

“That’s stating the obvious,” he continued. “So… if you’re a Republican primary voter in Ohio, and you don’t want Donald Trump to be the nominee, John Kasich is your best bet.”

It is unprecedented for a presidential campaign to tell supporters to vote for the rival candidate, which indicates Rubio may drop out of the race before the Florida primary on Tuesday, a primary he’s expected to lose despite being his home state.

A major loss in Florida could destroy Rubio’s political career.

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