Rubio will now compete in the November election against West Palm Beach Congressman Democrat Patrick Murphy.
"Critics will say it was a fool's errand to stay in the Senate race".
Rubio won 72-19 percent with 99 percent in over developer Carlos Beruff, who spent more than $8 million of his own money on the race. Grayson earned 196,010 votes. According to preliminary election results, Rubio received 71 percent of the vote. "At some point, what you believe in, wholesome, what's right, what stands, can win, and I never gave up on that", said Ayala. I think he's very intelligent. "He has a young perspective", Johnson said. "He's conservative enough for me".
Many like Cynthia Wallace hoped Rubio would have been the Republican presidential nominee. Some were unhappy with his voting record, while others dislike what they see as his continued presidential ambitions. Rubio finished with the third-most delegates behind Trump and Sen.
"I think he's bought by special interests and he just wasn't there enough", she said, referring to his time in the Senate.
While he said that deporting millions of undocumented immigrants is not the "right approach" and that Mexico is "not going to pay" for a border wall to be built, as Trump contends, Rubio refused to say if he thought Trump should soften his rhetoric on the issue. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., earlier this month. When announcing he'd flip-flopped on that decision, and would, after-all, run for re-election, Mr. Murphy seized the moment, saying in a statement that Mr. Rubio "abandoned his constituents", in his run for the White House, "and now is treating them like a consolation prize".
Let us dispel with the notion that Young Marco Rubio doesn't have the soul of a career hack.
Rubio said he knows this is the beginning of the race now against a candidate he calls "handpicked" by President Barack Obama. As I write this, Rubio leads 72/18 early.
"He is a hyper-partisan liberal and Florida can not afford a hyper-partisan liberal in the United States Senate", Rubio said about Murphy teeing up his general election argument against his foe.
Despite the high stakes, this was not the race Rubio expected to be in.
Rubio has campaigned as if he's already won the nomination, refusing to debate Beruff and focusing more on his Democratic opponents.
"We are thrilled to celebrate pro-choice champion Patrick Murphy on his victory in the Florida primary", said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. But in an interview with The Hill a few days later, Canova tried to downplay any influence a Sanders appearance would have on helping energize voters to go to the polls. Citing her medical background, she questioned whether he would even live long enough to complete another six-year Senate term.