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The results of a Florida poll released Wednesday illustrate exactly why Republicans want Marco Rubio to run for reelection in the Senate: He may be the only one from their party who can win.
A Quinnipiac University poll published Wednesday found that Rubio topped both of his Democratic challengers. He led Rep. Patrick Murphy, 47% to 40%, and Rep. Alan Grayson, 48% to 40%.
No other Republican candidate held a lead over either of the Democrats.
“But if Rubio’s last-minute decision is to seek reelection, he could be in the driver’s seat,” said Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
Rubio repeatedly said during his presidential run, which ended in March, that he would not run for reelection to his Senate seat. He was reconsidering the decision, however, after last week’s terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida.
Top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, have urged Rubio to run for another term. Even conservative radio host Sean Hannity, who was critical of Rubio as a presidential candidate, called on him this week to run.
“With Republican national leaders worried about keeping control of the US Senate, Sen. Marco Rubio might ride to their rescue if he decides to reverse field and seek reelection,” Brown said.
They might soon get their wish. National Review reported Wednesday morning, citing two sources, that Rubio had begun telling colleagues he would run for reelection. The deadline to file paperwork is Friday.