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  1. Dreamers target Marco Rubio for defeat after he left them behind

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Juan Escalante thought Marco Rubio was on the cusp of being a hero to him and thousands of children brought to Florida by undocumented immigrant parents. Now he wants to end the U.S. senator's political career for good.

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio addresses the audience at the 29th annual NALEO conference on June 22, 2012, in Lake Buena Vista. NALEO is the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. (Photo by Edward Linsmier/Getty Images)
  2. Jeb Bush to teach, lecture at Harvard this fall

    State Roundup

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be spending some time at Harvard University this fall.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at his South Carolina Republican presidential primary rally in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, February 2016)
  3. Sick of political ads? $40 million worth are coming in Patrick Murphy-Marco Rubio race

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — At least a dozen super PACs and independent political groups have pledged at least $40 million so far in reserved TV time in Florida's U.S. Senate race — hoping to use a barrage of commercials before Election Day to steer voters to Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio or Democratic …

    Several Democratic groups are coordinating their money and TV ad time  such as the Senate Majority PAC and AFSCME People, in this joint ad released Sept. 14 to highlight aspects of Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio’s record. [YouTube]
  4. After Pulse, gun reform shapes U.S. Senate contest between Rubio, Murphy

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Three months after the Orlando shooting massacre, how best to reform America's gun laws and better thwart suspected terrorists' efforts to buy firearms has become an issue of sharp contrast between the two candidates running in Florida's highly competitive and nationally watched U.S. Senate race.

    Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday introduced Orlando-inspired gun reform legislation that critics, including his Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, said is was a “reflection of the Washington gun lobby’s bidding.”  [Al Drago | The New York Times]
  5. Hurdles ahead for Patrick Murphy in challenging Marco Rubio for Senate seat

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — This isn't the U.S. Senate campaign Patrick Murphy anticipated.

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, leaves after a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 8. (Al Drago/The New York Times)
  6. Marco Rubio's former Florida donors shift financial support to Donald Trump

    State Roundup

    John Angelbeck of Ocala wanted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to succeed in his presidential bid and twice contributed $100 to Rubio's campaign. But after Rubio bowed out following a landslide defeat in Florida's March primary, Angelbeck shifted his allegiance — and money — to Donald Trump.

    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami., speaks as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, listens during the CBS News Republican presidential debate Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)