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Todd Wilcox readies to take on Marco Rubio in GOP primary

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox



Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox reiterated on Wednesday that even if Marco Rubio changes his mind and seeks re-election, he'll stay in the race and take him on.

Wilcox, an Orlando businessman and Army veteran, said he was already prepared to take on other "career politicians" and "political insiders" so Rubio entering the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate wouldn't change anything for him.

"If he gets in that contrast that exists with me and the other four candidates still exists," Wilcox said in Tallahassee on Wednesday as he filed his qualifying papers to run for the seat Rubio said last year he would not seek re-election to so he could instead run for president.

Wilcox said brushed off the idea that Rubio should reconsider given his experience in the Senate dealing with international terrorism topics.

"If there's some secret sauce he's had in his pocket for the last five years to fight this war on terror, then bring it out," Wilcox said.

He noted Rubio lost 66 of 67 counties to Donald Trump during the presidential primary in March.

Wilcox filed his qualifying papers on Wednesday - five days before the qualifying period begins - to show his supporters that he is not wavering in his resolve to run regardless of what Rubio decides to do.

"I'm in this to win," Wilcox said with a half-dozen supporters who accompanied him to the Florida Secretary of State's Office to file his papers. "I'm in it to the very end."

Wilcox is not the only candidate vowing to remain in the race. Carlos Beruff's campaign has similarly said they are staying in the race even if Rubio gets in. Beruff and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy have also filed their qualifying papers early and ahead of next week's official qualifying period.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 2:52pm]


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