(TIME) The empire has struck back — a conservative coalition aired nearly 7,000 advertisements in the past week attacking anti-establishment candidate Donald Trump in a last-ditch effort to prevent the real estate billionaire from winning the Republican nomination for president.
Since last Tuesday, a whopping 76 percent of all attack ads in the presidential race targeted Trump, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG, an advertising tracking firm.
The pro-Marco Rubio Conservative Solutions PAC aired about two-thirds of these ads. Rubio is fighting for his political life having staked his campaign on winning the Florida primary, which is a week away. The last/best hope for the Republican establishment, the U.S. senator must win his home state to have any realistic chance of staying in the race.
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