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Poll: Florida Senate Race Wide Open for Both Republicans and Democrats

As Marco Rubio runs for president, a new poll shows that the contest to replace him in the Senate is wide open in both the Republican and Democratic Florida primaries. No candidate is winning a majority of the votes, and most have a large name recognition deficit.

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Marco Rubio’s Senate Seat Up for Grabs in 2016

With Senator Marco Rubio announcing that he will run for president in 2016, his departure from the Senate will cause a political domino effect, leading many Republicans to worry that his Senate seat could be lost to the Democrats.

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Florida Surprise: Jeff Atwater Won’t Run for Marco Rubio’s Senate Seat

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says he’s decided not to run for the Senate seat that is expected to be vacated by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Rubio will launching a presidential campaign on Monday and Florida law will not allow him to remain on the ballot for both races.

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Rep. Patrick Murphy Ran as Moderate, Now Launches Partisan Attacks as Senate Candidate

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) won his first election in 2012 by branding himself as a moderate, presenting himself as an alternative to tea party firebrand Allen West, who had been elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010. Now that he has set his sights on representing Florida in the Senate, his rhetoric has turned sharply partisan as he attempts outflank his likely primary opponent, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), on the left and spark interest from Democrats nationally who could fund his race.

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Replacements for Rubio in Senate Start to Line Up

If Senator Marco Rubio decides to run for president instead of running for reelection to the U.S. Senate, Florida CFO Jeff Atwater is in good position to win Rubio’s seat, if an election was held today. The latest Mason-Dixon poll

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DeSantis’ Potential Senate Run in 2016

Popular conservative and Navy Reserve Officer, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), is mulling over a possible run for the U.S. Senate, if sitting Senator Marco Rubio decides to vacate his seat and run for president.