At least Marco Rubio won at ONE election in this campaign season. The Florida senator and ex-presidential candidate successfully defended his U.S. Senate seat against challenger Patrick Murphy during the Nov. 8 election. Looks like Marco’s headed back to Washington D.C!
Good news for Republicans: Marco Rubio, 45, made sure the GOP retained one Senate seat during the 2016 election. Marco, who at one point was retiring from politics, came back and knocked out his rival, Democrat Patrick Murphy, 33, to keep his job, according to the Associated Press. With 60% of the votes reporting, Marco had a 51% lead over Patrick’s 45% with his lead every increasing with each closing poll.
Going into Election Night, Marco was 3.7 points ahead of Patrick, according to RealClear Politics. This was after a heated campaign between the two that saw Patrick attack Marco’s voting record. “Sen. Rubio has the worst vote attendance record of any Florida senator in 50 years,” the Jupiter Democrat said during a debate, which Politifact pointed out to be true!
That lead going into the vote was pretty amazing considering Marco was ready to pack up his bags and walk away from the Senate. After getting spanked on the Republican Primary trail by both Sen. Ted Cruz, 45, and eventual winner, Donald Trump, 70, Marco said he was going to give up his seat. Getting trounced by Trump would demoralize anyone, to be honest. Yet, GOP leaders didn’t want to lose the seat to a Democrat and they convinced him to stay.
“In politics, admitting you’ve changed your mind is not something most people like to do. But here it goes,” Rubio said in a statement, according to the New York Post. “I have decided to seek re-election to the United States Senate.” It seems Florida voters were glad that Marco changed his mind, as they soundly picked him over Patrick
Now, after this election is over, the question is now: how will this change the landscape of the Senate, especially with the new incoming president? Voters will have to wait and see if Marco works with either President Trump or President Clinton.
Are you happy with the outcome of the Florida election, HollywoodLifers? Are you excited that Marco kept his seat and will be headed back to work in the nation’s capital?