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  1. Patrick Murphy's loss to Marco Rubio was foreseeable — but not certain

    State Roundup

    PALM BEACH GARDENS — 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.

    Florida Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, concedes the election to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, on Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
  2. Florida voters return Marco Rubio to the U.S. Senate


    Marco Rubio is headed back to the U.S. Senate with his prospects of another run for president intact.

    Republican U.S Sen. Marco Rubio speaks, flanked by his family, as he celebrates his victory against Democrat U.S. Rep. Patrick E. Murphy during a celebration event with supporters at the Hilton Miami Airport Hotel on Tuesday in Miami. [Pedro Portal | Miami Herald]
  3. Patrick Murphy showing life in Senate race against Marco Rubio

    State Roundup

    Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio remains favored to win a second term against Democrat Patrick Murphy, but for the first time in a couple of months, it feels like Rubio is no longer an overwhelming favorite.

    A poll this month shows Patrick Murphy trailing in the U.S. Senate race to Marco Rubio by just 2 points.
  4. Marco Rubio's robotic debate answers, and uppercut punch, on the Donald Trump issue

    State Roundup

    At times Marco Rubio was, well, robotic. And Patrick Murphy was dazed by a punch.

    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio makes a point as Democratic challenger Rep. Patrick Murphy listens during the U.S. Senate debate on Monday at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
  5. Imagine the tenor of 2016 with Marco Rubio as the GOP nominee

    State Roundup


    How many of the Republicans gathered Saturday night in Tampa, I wonder, had the same thought I did as Marco Rubio spoke to the annual state GOP Victory Dinner.

    Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at the Florida GOP Victory dinner in Tampa on Saturday. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times )
  6. Rubio and Murphy clash on absenteeism, Trump and resumes

    State Roundup

    ORLANDO — After weeks of sniping at each other on the campaign trail, Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy took swipes at each other Monday night in the first of two scheduled U.S. Senate debates before Election Day.

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, left, listens as Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, speaks during a debate at the University of Central Florida on Monday in Orlando. (AP Photo/John Raoux)