Despite repeated statements to the contrary, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will run for reelection.
Rubio had previously promised that he would be a private citizen after his current term ends in January.
He even reportedly tried to get a gig with the Miami Dolphins for when his time in office was over.
According to the Washington Post, Rubio was wooed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to run again due to the fact that he would give the GOP the best chance to keep hold of the seat.
“If that were to happen, that would be a great outcome,” McConnell told a Post reporter while smiling.
Rubio came to national recognition in 2010 when his grassroots campaign toppled then Republican heavyweight Charlie Crist in the Republican primary for an open Senate seat. Rubio went on to beat Crist (who left the GOP to become an Independent) and the Democratic nominee by a wide margin.
Rubio’s star continued to rise until his ill-fated 2016 presidential campaign that was stopped by Donald Trump.
However, Trump has come out in recent weeks to urge Rubio to run for reelection:
Poll data shows that @marcorubio does by far the best in holding onto his Senate seat in Florida. Important to keep the MAJORITY. Run Marco!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2016
He will have to face a crowded Republican primary, including a current member of Congress (Ron DeSantis), the current Lt. Gov Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and wealthy businessman Carlos Beruff.
The most recent polls before Rubio’s expected announcement showed that Beruff was leading the primary race. He gained attention a few weeks ago after he repeatedly called President Obama an “animal” in a speech at a local party event.
Rubio will almost certainly become the frontrunner in the primary and will have a strong chance to retain his seat.
His potential Democratic opponents include Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson. And a recent poll out yesterday from Quinnipiac shows that Rubio has a 7 point lead on both Democrats.
But Rubio does have a way to steal defeat from the jaws of victory.
Let us never forget this gem:
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