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Huge surprise: Marco Rubio sweeps Miami-Dade straw poll



Not even the chairman of the Miami-Dade County Republican Party pretended the results of Thursday night's U.S. Senate straw poll would be a surprise.

"The very difficult tally," Nelson Diaz joked when executive committee members returned from counting the votes.

Hometown Sen. Marco Rubio won 58 votes. Rival Carlos Beruff won three. Four people left their ballots blank.

None of the candidates were present, though Rubio sent Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera in his stead. But Rubio called in to say thank you once the vote was in.

"I don't even think I can get 95 percent in my own house, so I'm very grateful for that," he said.

He explained his absence by saying he was campaigning in Naples and taking one of his daughters to an event.

[Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2016 10:31am]


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