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Marco Rubio Faces Patrick Murphy for US Senate in November

Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy
Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy

Senator Marco Rubio supporters celebrated the incumbent’s victory in the G-O-P primary race for his current seat. During a watch party tonight in Kissimmee Rubio thanked voters for getting his one step closer to a return to Washington.

Longtime supporter Carlos Cabrera said Rubio is the only candidate for the seat.

“He is very important in the Senate because if we lose the Senate, the country is going to be controlled by Supreme Court justices that are going to issue laws of their own for a generation,” said Cabrera.

The highly contested seat drew a crowded field of candidates…from an ex-C-I-A agent to the lieutenant governor. 

Rubio announced his run shortly after losing Florida by a wide margin to Donald Trump in the Republican race for a presidential nominee. 

Rubio will now compete in the November election against West Palm Beach Congressman Democrat Patrick Murphy.

In his victory speech, Murphy took some shots at Rubio’s comments this week about possibly not serving a full term if he’s re-elected.

“In the Senate, I will fight for you every single day," Murphy said. "You compare that to Senator Rubio who just yesterday said no one can make a commitment to a six year term. Guess what, Senator? I've got two words for you. I can.”

Murphy had no problem beating his primary opponents – political newcomer Pam Keith and three-term Congressman Alan Grayson.

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