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Carlos Lopez-Cantera gets fundraising help from Marco Rubio

Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera spent Tuesday in Washington, relying on a little help from his friends to raise money for his U.S. Senate campaign.

The man Lopez-Cantera is hoping to succeed, Sen. Marco Rubio, was the "special guest" at the lunchtime fundraiser, held at the headquarters of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Also co-hosting: Miami's three Republicans in Congress, Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

About 60 people showed up, the Miami Herald has learned. Lopez-Cantera trails most of his rivals in fundraising and the amount of cash on hand in his campaign account.

Rubio has made clear Lopez-Cantera is his candidate in the crowded GOP primary to replace him. But he's yet to hold a public event or given a formal endorsement to his old friend from the Florida Legislature.

Rubio recently told the Herald he'll have more to say "at some point in the near future" about campaigning for Lopez-Cantera.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:03pm]


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