Marco Rubio of Florida wins a third term in the US Senate against Democrat Val Demings

Florida Republican Marco Rubio is set to win a third term in the U.S. Senate, despite raising and spending millions less than Democrat Val Demings, Orlando’s former police chief.

Rubio, who repeatedly said during his 2016 presidential campaign that he would not seek a second term in the Senate if he did not win the GOP nomination that year, ran a steady but unremarkable campaign. which, combined with services well regarded by voters, paid off in a solid victory.

Demings, currently a congressman from Orlando, will leave the House in January because Florida does not allow candidates to run for two offices at once. She proved to be a prodigious fundraiser, having raised over $65 million, $20 million more than Rubio.

This, however, could not overcome Rubio’s advantage as a starter. Demings was expected to run in a state that spans 850 miles across two time zones and contains 11 distinct media markets.

Rubio has held public office for most of his adult life, winning a seat in the Florida House in a 2000 special election and eventually becoming Speaker of the House before running for the U.S. Senate seat in 2010. His defeat of the Republican incumbent Governor Charlie Crist made him an instant star in Washington, DC, and he was quickly touted as the future of the Republican Party.

He ran for president in 2016, although better-funded Jeb Bush, a former two-term governor of Florida, was also a candidate. Rubio finished better than Bush, but neither could match developer and game show host Donald Trump, who won the presidential nomination in the crowded field and narrowly won the presidency.

Although Rubio was part of a group of Republicans who initially said they could never support Trump, he quickly backed the reality TV personality after winning the nomination and has publicly backed him ever since, despite Trump’s coup attempt to stay in power on January 1. 6, 2021.

Rubio appeared with Trump at a rally in Miami on Sunday, while Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was not invited – a snub that sparked new intrigue over DeSantis’ likely bid for the nomination 2024 presidential election that Trump is almost certain to seek himself.


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