Republican Sen. Marco Rubio wins re-election in Florida, AP projects, defeating Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy. After losing in the GOP presidential primary, Rubio reversed his earlier decision to retire. It was a critical decision to help Republicans try and keep this seat as part of their fragile Senate majority.
This race became uphill for Democrats as soon as Rubio jumped back in, and the centrist Murphy had to fight off questions about his business background and whether he had inflated his resume.
National Democrats pulled most of their money from this race weeks ago, a telling sign of which way the winds were blowing. That caused some grumbling from Democrats who feared they were giving Rubio a free pass and missing a chance to damage him or take him out ahead of a possible 2020 presidential run. But for Democrats, it was a better calculation to put that money into multiple, less expensive states, like Missouri and North Carolina, in order to try and find the seats they need to win back the Senate.
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