But Rubio, a Republican star player who endured the wrath of Donald Trump on the Republican presidential debate stage, is not a typical candidate when it comes to his rhetorical skills. But both now face well-financed Democratic opponents who are determined to yoke them to their party's unpopular standard-bearer. Now the real test of Senate Republicans' gamble on him begins: Rubio will have an epic reelection battle against Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy, who won his primary Tuesday.
West Palm Beach Congressman Patrick Murphy is the Democrat who will challenge Rubio in November.
Rubio and Murphy have been giving a preview of their general election match up for weeks now, focusing on each other rather than their primary opponents.
Ward called McCain an "unprincipled career politician". But Ward is ratcheting up her attacks, arguing: "It's time to defeat the establishment and retire McCain". The rest of the votes were divided among two other candidates.
The non-traditional campaigns of Trump and Sanders, who exceeded expectations in his failed Democratic White House bid, spurred speculation that other insurgent politicians could make an impact this year.
Wasserman Schultz survived an onslaught of discontent fueled by supporters of Bernie Sanders, but Sanders never campaigned for Canova, and the momentum the Vermont senator created during his presidential campaign now appears to have stalled. Canova raised $3.3 million in mostly small-dollar donations from supporters of Sen.
In the Jacksonville area, Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown became the fourth House incumbent to lose a primary race. Former state Sen. Al Lawson won the Democratic nomination in her stead.
Florida had to rip up and redraw its congressional maps to comply with state constitutional requirements to create compact districts that don't favor incumbents or political parties.
Murphy has criticized Rubio as caring more about his political ambitions then his constituents, while Republicans have criticized Murphy for embellishing his resume and lack of experience.
Senate Republicans put so much energy into recruiting Rubio because they think he'll play a critical role in helping them keep control of the Senate in November.
Grayson wanted voters to ignore the personal stuff (including domestic abuse allegations) and the potential ethical missteps that cropped up during his campaign, and instead focus on his progressive agenda and his effectiveness as a Congressman.
Now, Rubio says he wants to serve in the Senate - at least for the time being.
According to Miami Herald, with his party's nomination secure, Rubio is now on path to defend the Senate seat he's held since 2010 and potentially help the GOP retain the majority in the U.S. Senate in November.
With 93 percent of the vote in, Rubio was up 72-19 percent over developer Carlos Beruff, who spent more than $8 million of his own money on the race.
Murphy defeated fiery liberal Rep. Alan Grayson on Tuesday, aided by the backing of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.
"Rubio is faring better than Trump and has a roughly five-point polling edge over Murphy", Sabato wrote.