The Florida duel between Donald Trump and Marco Rubio has a new player: Ted Cruz.
The Texas senator has opened 10 campaign offices in the Sunshine State ahead of the March 15 primary, including one in Tampa at 11406 N Dale Mabry Highway, Suite, 201.
It's unclear if Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will campaign in Florida. Kasich has to focus on his own home state, which votes the same day as Florida. And candidates who don't have a chance to win Florida outright sometimes skip the state altogether, because it's so expensive to campaign across Florida's 10 media markets. It costs a campaign about $2 million a week to advertise in all those places -- far more than a candidate is willing to spend for a no-delegates, second-place finish. No Cruz ads have hit airwaves here yet.
Cruz is third in Real Clear Politics' average of Florida polls. He could play spoiler to Rubio as the Florida senator tries to survive his must-win state.