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Marco Rubio's summer plans? Fundraising, fundraising, fundraising



Marco Rubio plans to spend the rest of his summer raising money for his U.S. Senate re-election race.

The Florida Republican has scheduled 10 fundraising receptions in six weeks, according to a schedule his campaign sent donors Wednesday. That includes a Miami event Aug. 25 -- and a Houston event Aug. 31, the day after the Florida primary. Rubio has one challenger, Sarasota developer Carlos Beruff.

The bulk of the fundraising, however, might be intended for the November general election, when Florida will be a key target for Democrats trying to pick up seats in the Senate.

Candidates detest summertime campaigning and fundraising, because voters and donors aren't paying much attention to politics when they're kids are out of school and the family is spending time off out of town or otherwise out of their typical routine.

"The challenge we now face is keeping people engaged during the summer," Rubio finance director Anna Rogers Duncan wrote in the email to donors. "We're in the unique position of raising and spending at the same time rather than building a war chest and then spending. It's always hard to raise money in July and August, but it is a critical time for us and we must press through."

Rubio's campaign announced last week that it raised $2.1 million in the first nine days the candidate was in the race. He had originally planned to leave the Senate after the end of his presidential campaign.

Here's Rubio's schedule:

7/22 - Jacksonville, FL

7/26 - Chicago, IL

7/27 - New York, NY

7/28 - Tampa, FL

8/1 - San Francisco, CA

8/2 - Los Angelas, CA

8/10 - The Villages, FL

8/18- Orlando, FL

8/25 - Miami, FL 

8/31 - Houston/Dallas, TX 

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 8:31am]


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