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November 2, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Marco Rubio, a "tea party" movement favorite, was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, easily winning a three-way race that included Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party. The victory means a conservative will take over the Senate seat now held by a more moderate Republican. The Senate's division between the major parties won't change, but the GOP will continue its move to the right. Democrat Kendrick Meek, who ran third, waged what has been a traditional Democratic campaign in this midterm cycle, backing the Obama administration's efforts on economic stimulus, healthcare insurance overhaul and Wall Street regulation.
August 14, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Connie Mack IV won the Florida Republican primary Tuesday night and will take on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in what will be one of the most contested U.S. Senate races of the year. Mack, a four-term congressman who is married to Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs), handily defeated retired Army Col. Mike McCalister and former Rep. Dave Weldon in a Republican primary that was never much of a contest. With 35% of the vote counted, Mack had almost 60% of the vote, according to the Associated Press.
May 26, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Both of Florida's senators are looking very strong, but not Gov. Rick Scott, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, has a commanding lead over three potential Republican challengers in 2012, according to the poll released on Thursday; the closest any of the challengers comes is 20 percentage points behind. When those polled were asked to pick among the three Republicans seeking that party's Senate nomination, a staggering 64% said they didn't know.
January 7, 2009 | Peter Wallsten
Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and brother of President Bush, has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate, ending weeks of speculation that he would try to preserve a family power center in the nation's capital. In contrast to his older brother, Jeb Bush left office with high approval ratings and a reputation as a master of policy. He was considered the strongest contender for the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Mel Martinez in 2010.
October 29, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Democrat Kendrick Meek reasserted on Friday that he was in Florida's three-way Senate race to stay, despite reports that he had been urged to withdraw in favor of Gov. Charlie Crist. Meek took to the airwaves in the morning to deny reports that former President Clinton had urged Meek to withdraw so that Crist would stand a better chance of defeating Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee who is a "tea party" movement favorite. "I told him I didn't have any thoughts about getting out of the race," Meek said of Clinton on ABC's "Good Morning America.
May 8, 1988
Popular former Florida Gov. Reubin O. Askew gave up his bid for a U.S. Senate seat even though he was leading the race, saying "it's just not right" that candidates must spend 75% of their time raising money. Askew said he also was motivated by a desire to spend more time with his family. He said he would support a fellow Democrat, Rep. Buddy MacKay, for the Senate. Askew's war chest had reached $1 million, but a 1986 Senate race in which former Gov.
Shortly after convening a special session on abortion Tuesday, the Florida Legislature dealt setbacks to four restrictive measures sought by Gov. Bob Martinez in the first test of a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing states to impose greater limits on abortions.
January 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) endorsed John McCain on Friday, a move likely to give the Republican presidential candidate a boost with the state's Cuban Americans days before the Tuesday primary. "I understand that he is ready on Day One to lead this nation, and I would trust the future and the security of this nation to this man," Martinez said in introducing the Arizona senator to the Latin Builders Assn.
March 27, 2010
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