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2016 U.S. Senate race

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Many Floridians - and the rest of the nation - first got to know Congressman Alan Grayson with statement’s like this:

“Remember the Republican plan: don’t get sick, and if you do get sick die quickly,” he said in a 2009 House floor speech about health care that went viral on YouTube.

Despite an avalanche of bad news, Bradenton developer Carlos Beruff is vowing to continue fighting for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says he will run for re-election to his Florida Senate seat.

Jolly To Drop Senate Bid, Run For Re-election

Jun 17, 2016
Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF 89.7 News

U.S. Rep. David Jolly is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate and will run for re-election.

"Without a political rally, without a lot of fanfare, I have a simple request of my neighbors and of my community," Jolly said. "Today, I’m asking my community simply for the opportunity to keep doing my job."

Reports of Marco Rubio's eagerness to leave the Senate may be greatly exaggerated.

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Congressman Patrick Murphy took his campaign for the U.S. Senate to the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club today. There,  he shared moderate, mainstream Democratic views on most of the issues.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson aren't waiting to win their parties' Senate nominations before holding one-on-one debates.

Each candidate announced Tuesday they'll meet for four debates across the state, regardless of the fact that Jolly still has four other Republicans to beat and Grayson has to defeat U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy before they can get on the November ballot.

Sen. Marco Rubio poses with supporters after the event
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As Republican Sen. Marco Rubio pursues the presidency, the Florida Democratic primary race to replace him pits a moderate embraced by party leaders against a fiery liberal who's offering a "one-finger salute" to Washington's Democratic establishment, and a large field of Republican contenders is trying to tap into an anti-Washington sentiment.

Manatee County home builder Carlos Beruff on Monday became the fifth Republican to try to succeed Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. He made announcements in Miami, Jacksonville and Orlando, before coming home to Bradenton.

Beruff gave a short speech by political standards - only about 10 minutes - while standing in front of a pond behind Medallion Home, his Manatee County business. There, he cast himself as a political outsider - this being the first elected office he's sought. 

Manatee Homebuilder Beruff To Run For U.S. Senate

Feb 28, 2016

After weeks of flirting with a run, homebuilder Carlos Beruff has decided to enter the crowded Republican field for Florida's open U.S. Senate seat.

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The U.S. House Ethics Committee said Monday it is investigating Rep. Alan Grayson, the Florida Democrat who is running for Senate and whose business activities have come under scrutiny for the past several months.

The committee's Republican chairman and senior Democrat said in a joint statement that the panel is reviewing a referral from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics and will decide its next step by April 5.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

The four Republican candidates for U.S. Senate were the main event Saturday night at the Hillsborough Republican Party's Lincoln 2016 Red Ball.