By Edwin Santamaria
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio was in Chapin, South Carolina Feb. 17 for a rally before the South Carolina Republican primary. Hours before the Rubio rally, news broke that Gov. Nikki Haley would endorse the Florida senator.
Haley's endorsement was key for Rubio who wound up finishing second behind Donald Trump in the South Carolina primary. He also finished second in the Nevada Republican caucus on Tuesday.
Haley's endorsement was the most sought out in the Republican party. Haley said she wanted "someone with fight. I wanted somebody with passion. I wanted somebody who had conviction to the right thing." And this is what gave Rubio the green light from Haley.
Both have more in common than just a party – the two have parents who are immigrants.
"It was like the decision my parents made to come here," Rubio said.
Rubio is one of the first Hispanic candidates to run for a major political party, but so far seems to have little Hispanic support. This may be due to Rubio's position that runs contrary to that of many Hispanic voters, says Michael Jones-Correa, a political science professor at Cornell University.
In a poll conducted by NBC, Rubio was being beat out by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Hispanic vote.
Rubio is gaining momentum among Republican voters, but that momentum is not transitioning over to Hispanic voters. Going forward Rubio is looking for a strong finish on Super Tuesday.
Rubio may get his second chance with the Hispanic vote. The states in the Super Tuesday multi-state primary have an average Hispanic population of 9 percent, Texas having the largest of the Hispanic populations.