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Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy cruise to Senate matchup



U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio cruised to victory in the Republican primary on Tuesday, easily brushing aside multi-millionaire Carlos Beruff who spent $8 million of his own money trying to knock him out office.

With his party’s nomination secure, Rubio is now on path to defend the Senate seat he’s held since 2010 and potentially help the GOP retain the majority in the U.S. Senate in November.

He'll face U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who defeated liberal firebrand Alan Grayson and three others to secure the Democratic nomination.

In Murphy, Democrats have a candidate with little statewide name recognition, but one that was thought to be battled tested in having won two difficult campaigns for Congress in a Republican-leaning district. Democrats are banking on Murphy being able to appeal to moderate Republicans and independents — essential to winning a statewide election in Florida.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 8:11pm]


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