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Marco Rubio’s visit to Des Moines spiraled out of control on Tuesday when he hit accidentally a child in the face with a football.

The errant throw came while Rubio was tossing the ball around with a group of kids in Iowa. According to a Bloomberg tweet, the child is okay. The throw, which was captured on video by Bloomberg News, went viral as a gif.

Rubio, along with Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, have been losing ground on the 2016 presidential campaign trail to Donald Trump. A new Fox News poll shows Rubio in third place among the GOP candidates with 12% of votes. Trump a whopping commands 25% of national support.

The throw has already become a meme: one of the best replaces the football with a Pokemon ball:


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