Rubio was formidable -- but Murphy wasn't helped by his own weaknesses
A defeat for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy was foreseeable for weeks, with his lingering chance for victory hinging primarily on one main factor: Hillary Clinton.
Had she won Florida by a wide margin, the Democratic presidential nominee’s wave of support would have likely carried Murphy into higher office, too.
But that didn’t happen. Not even close.
Donald Trump won Florida, and ultimately the presidency. And Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio effortlessly beat Murphy, even outperforming Trump’s margin of victory over Clinton.
Although Murphy would become one among a wave of devastating losses for Democrats nationwide on Tuesday, the signs for Murphy, in particular, were long there.
And by Tuesday evening — before the final outcome was known — even Murphy, his dedicated campaign team and his passionate supporters gathered in Palm Beach Gardens understood the reality he faced.
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