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Some Florida donors hedged their bets and donated to both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, left, during the debate of Republican presidential hopefuls at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Oct. 28.

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Sen. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, left, during the debate of Republican presidential hopefuls at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Oct. 28.

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In Florida's political tug-of-war between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, some fans quietly chose to help both sides.

At least 45 people in the state have made financial donations to Miami's two presidential candidates, totaling nearly $221,000 between both campaigns as of the end of October, a Miami Herald analysis found. Some intended to back Bush all along but gave to Rubio's Senate re-election effort and let him keep the money after he switched to run for president. Others refused to pick between a pair of Republicans they know and like.

And a few decided to hedge their bets — a move that's looking wise now that Bush, the one-time frontrunner, has plummeted in early polls while Rubio has surged.

These are not, for the most part, big-time donors bankrolling political action committees and "bundling" donations from their well-heeled friends. They generally gave a few hundred or a few thousand dollars (the limit is $2,700 to each candidate for the primary) as a token of support to their local contenders in a crowded primary.

All the donors who spoke to Herald reporters expressed admiration for both Rubio and Bush. But their feelings, like those of many Florida Republicans, are complicated. And Bush hasn't helped his case.

Story here.

[Last modified: Monday, November 9, 2015 9:13am]

    

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