Marco Rubio Wins Florida Primary Battle

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won his primary in a landslide against businessman Carlos Beruff Tuesday.

The former GOP presidential hopeful took heat for entering the race after vowing not to run for re-election, after his announcement he had a change of heart on entering the race in June.

Rubio treaded lightly in terms of embracing GOP nominee Donald Trump, who has been struggling to gain traction in the state, ahead of election day.

Trump and Rubio had a number of exchanges during the Republican presidential primary, but despite their contentious relationship, the billionaire encouraged him to run for his seat again.

In what was initially a crowded field of six candidates, just Beruff stuck it out to the end in the battle for the nomination. Rep. David Jolly dropped out after Rubio announced he planned to enter the race. The other two candidates on the ballot failed to gain any traction or donations.

The junior senator told CNN Tuesday he can’t confirm whether he will stay in office all six years in the upper chamber if elected in November Tuesday.

He will face Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy in the general election in November.

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