Florida Senate

Ep. 26: GOP Assesses Damage After Trump’s Lewd Comments
The Big Story

Republicans are polling to see if their House and Senate candidates have been tainted by Donald Trump’s crude comments about women captured on video, says CQ Roll Call’s Elections editor Nathan Gonzales. Senior political reporter Simone Pathé is watching the most vulnerable House Republicans and Missouri’s Sen. Roy Blunt, whose surprisingly competitive race is trending in the wrong direction for the GOP.

Democrats Say Patrick Murphy Can Still Win — But Will He Have the Money?
Florida Democrat faces tough Senate battle against Marco Rubio

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., walks down the House steps at the Capitol following the final votes of the week in Congress in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Patrick Murphy is down in the polls, running against one of the Republican Party's biggest stars, and beset by uncomfortable questions over his worthiness for higher office.

And yet Democrats say the biggest problem facing their Senate nominee in Florida is more fundamental: He isn’t well known — and he might not have the money to change that.

Rubio's Career Depends on Winning Re-Election to Senate
Two defeats in a year could leave him with few options for future office

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, seen at a presidential campaign stop in Tennessee in February, has not committed to serving a full term should he win re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Florida Senate race is about more than just a seat in Congress — it will determine if Marco Rubio has a future in politics. 

The failed presidential candidate is still one of the Republican Party's biggest — and at 45, youngest — stars. Few GOP leaders are as charismatic or have the potential to bridge the party's rift with young, black and Latino voters. 

Is Carlos Beruff for Real?
GOP isn't sure if the Miami homebuilder poses a real threat to Marco Rubio

Carlos Beruff, center, is hoping to tap into the same anti-establishment fervor that propelled Donald Trump. (Courtesy Carlos Beruff for U.S. Senate)

Republicans say they know to what to expect from Marco Rubio as he prepares for Florida’s Aug. 30 Senate primary: Even if he’s a Johnny-come-lately to the race, they’re confident he has the built-in skill and resources to once again become a formidable candidate.  

They’re less certain about what to make of Rubio’s stubborn new rival, Carlos Beruff.  

Rubio's Will-He, Won't-He Saga
 

Another Florida Republican Bows Out of Senate Race, Endorses Rubio
Todd Wilcox says Rubio is best positioned to keep the seat in GOP hands

Todd Wilcox ended his Florida Senate campaign Friday and endorsed incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio. (Courtesy Todd Wilcox for U.S. Senate Facebook page)

Former CIA officer Todd Wilcox ended his Republican campaign for the Florida Senate seat Friday morning and endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio two days after the incumbent decided to run for re-election .   

"Sen. Rubio and I don't agree on everything. We've traveled different paths, but I respect his grasp of the challenges we face and I appreciate the reality that he, as the incumbent, is best positioned to defeat either Patrick Murphy or Alan Grayson," Wilcox said in a statement on his Facebook page Friday morning.   

Rubio for Senate: Will He? Won't He?
Florida House member said Friday Rubio would run, later said he doesn't know

A Florida congressman tossed fuel Friday on the heated speculation about whether Sen. Marco Rubio would run for his old seat, saying in an early morning interview that the state's Republican senator has "said he's getting in," the race, then later backing down from the declaration.  

'Little Trump of Florida' Says He's Not Like Trump
Florida Senate candidate backs GOP standard-bearer, calls Trump 'unique'

Florida Republican Senate candidate, Carlos Beruff, center, says there is only one Donald Trump. (Courtesy Carlos Beruff for U.S. Senate Facebook page)

Florida Senate candidate Carlos Beruff has been called  "the little Trump of Florida" and has endorsed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but he is also trying to distance himself from the billionaire real estate mogul.  

In an interview with Univision's Miami affiliate on Sunday, Beruff, a Republican businessman running for Sen. Marco Rubio's open seat, pushed back on the comparison , according to the Tampa Bay Times  

Favorite Sons Pinching GOP Florida Senate Contributions

Bush, above, and Rubio's presidential bids in Florida are casting a shadow over the fundraising race in the state's Senate primary. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Two favorite sons of Florida running for president in the crowded GOP primary field are stunting fundraising for the 2016 Senate race in the Sunshine State, sucking up the time and attention span of Florida's top donors, according to multiple Florida Republican operatives.  

The presidential campaigns of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and outgoing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have siphoned off the time and money from top donors that could be going to Republican Senate candidates. The cash squeeze has been so bad that the leading Democrat in the race raised nearly as much in the third quarter as the three top Republican candidates combined.  

Alan Grayson Loans Senate Campaign $100K

Grayson contributed $100,000 to his Senate campaign in the third quarter. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Alan Grayson loaned his Senate campaign $100,000 in the third quarter, his most recent campaign financial disclosure shows.  

Florida's 9th District congressman is vying for the Democratic nomination in Florida’s open Senate contest against 18th District Rep. Patrick Murphy.