Republican Sen. Marco Rubio easily won his primary race today in Florida. Rubio had decided at the very last minute to seek a second term. He handily defeated millionaire Carlos Beruff. The freshman senator, who was defeated by Donald Trump in the presidential primaries, had declared that he would not run again for Senate.
Beruff, despite spending at least $8 million of his own money, went nowhere in the polls and virtually gave up before the primary took place. At a victory party, supporters chanted “Marco! Marco! Marco!” when media sources declared Rubio the winner.
Republicans now outnumber Democrats 17-10 in Florida’s congressional delegation. If Democrats win the four seats that are currently up in the air, the Republicans’ advantage would slide to 14-13. One of those seats is occupied by Rep. David Jolly, who won the primary today in the 13th Congressional District. He will now do battle with Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican who is now a Democrat.
Winning Florida is essential, not only to holding a Republican majority in the Senate, but also to Donald Trump's presidential aspirations. He will need all 29 of Florida's Electoral College votes to win the White House this fall.
Sen. Rubio will go up against U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy this fall. Murphy, a former Republican, easily won his primary race as well. Murphy had early support from the national party and raised significantly more money. He was backed by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. His opponent was Alan Grayson, a leftist who had a messy divorce and who relied on small donors, having feuded with the party.
In another closely watched contest, six-term U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz -- who until recently was the Democratic National Committee chair -- held on to her seat. She defeated a challenge from leftist Tim Canova: a law professor who boasted support from Sen. Bernie Sanders. He was able to raise more than $3 million for his campaign.
Senator John McCain easily beat a Tea Party candidate to be able to run for re-election in November and represent Arizona in the Senate for his fifth six-year term.
Speaking of Arizona, 84-year-old Sheriff Joe Arpaio overwhelmingly won his right to run for re-election as Sheriff of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office again.
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