Marco Rubio wins re-election to Senate

- When he lost the Republican presidential primary in Florida early this year to Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio won only his home county, Miami-Dade. But as Rubio won re-election Tuesday to the Senate, it was a far-different picture.

Rubio defeated Democrat Patrick Murphy in all but nine counties, according to unofficial results posted on the state Division of Elections website.

Murphy won in Alachua, Broward, Gadsden, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. In all, Rubio captured about 52.1 percent of the vote, while Murphy won 44.2 percent.

"While we hoped for a different result, the people of Florida have spoken and I respect their choice," Murphy said in a prepared statement. "I congratulate Senator Rubio on his victory and on the incredible honor of representing this state again in the U.S. Senate. Floridians are counting on him to fight for them, and he has my support in that fight." The News Service will have a full story later Tuesday.
 
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