Sometimes you say the most by not saying anything at all.
For Republican presidential dropout, Marco Rubio, this is true. No one has heard much from the junior Florida senator since his decision to suspend his campaign after a devastating loss of his home state to Republican front-runner Donald Trump. However, an exception to his silence is his continued engagement with state GOP chairs, asking them not to release the delegates who pledged to support him on the first ballot at the 2016 Republican National Convention in July.
He sent the request to all 21 states and territories where he won delegates. In a letter to Alaska Republican Party chairman Peter Goldberg, Rubio wrote, “I want to tell you that the decision to suspend my campaign for President of the Untied States [sic] is not intended to release any National Convention Delegates bound to me as a result of the delegate selection process that took place in your state.” Goldberg agreed, after consulting with the RNC in Washington, who told him that each state has its own rules but most are leaning towards letting Rubio keep his delegates. The states that Rubio won will supposedly let delegates vote for Rubio as long as he’s on the ballot.
By securing the majority of his 172 delegates, Rubio could help Senator Ted Cruz and hopefully prevent Trump from gaining the delegates and securing the nomination in the event of a contested convention.
Keeping his delegates is thought to be a ploy to “give voters a chance to stop Trump,” according to Alex Burgos, a Rubio aide.