Florida Senate race

Florida Democrats Prep for Nelson’s 2018 Race
Florida’s senior senator is one of 25 Democrats defending seats in two years

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson faces a potentially tough re-election race as GOP Gov. Rick Scott might run against him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Democrats are trying to pick up the pieces after being decimated by Republicans on all levels in Tuesday’s election as they prepare for a 2018 challenge.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, some Democrats are seeing the same trends in the state that hurt them nationally.

Murphy Gets a Cash Boost in Florida Senate Race
New contributions from Republican billionaire and Democratic super PAC

National Democrats a few weeks ago appeared to be throwing in the towel on Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy's Senate race against Sen. Marco Rubio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy is getting a cash boost from donors and a Democratic super PAC as his campaign shows signs of life in his Senate race against Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio.

Mike Fernandez, a Republican donor based in Miami, announced he would give $100,000 to a super PAC supporting Murphy, citing Murphy's support for ending the U.S. embargo against Cuba. 

Who's Bankrolling Murphy and Rubio in Florida?
Goldman Sachs backs Rubio while Murphy gets help from dad's company

Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy has received help for his Senate run from his father and his father’s company. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida’s Senate race is becoming one of the most expensive in the state’s history, with Sen. Marco Rubio raising about $20 million and his Democratic opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy raising about $11 million so far.

Those numbers are based off the most recent Federal Election Commission filings as of Sept. 30 but Murphy's campaign said in an email that it has raised more than $15 million.

Guns Now an Issue in Florida Senate Race
Murphy criticizes Rubio's gun bill inspired by Pulse nightclub massacre

Murphy is criticizing Rubio's new gun legislation (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his Democratic opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy are sparring about their positions on gun law reform in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre.

Rubio famously jumped into the race, largely citing the shootings at the Pulse nightclub in June, after saying he would not run for re-election.  

Murphy and Rubio Spar Over Debates
Florida Senate candidates disagree about which one they'll participate in

Rep. Patrick Murphy said he would agree to six debates if Sen. Marco Rubio would promise to serve his full six-year term and not run for president in 2020. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Before Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his challenger, Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, can engage in their first debates, they have to agree about which ones they agreed to participate in.

So far, the two are only in agreement about two debates in October — one in Davie and another in Orlando. 

Senate Majority PAC and Labor Target Rubio
New ad criticizes Florida Republican for his views on Social Security

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is being targeted for his views on Social Security by an ad campaign likely aimed at senior citizens. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic super PAC and one of the nation's most prominent unions released an ad criticizing Sen. Marco Rubio's views on Social Security.

The Florida Republican is running for re-election after an unsuccessful bid for the GOP presidential nomination. 

Democrats No Longer Divided Over Social Security
Expansion, not cuts, has been the theme in Washington and on campaign trail

More Democrats are coming around to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's thinking on Social Security. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While there was a split among moderate and liberal Democrats on Social Security, expanding the program rather than cutting it is becoming the party line on the Hill and on the campaign trail.

On Friday, Democratic Reps. Linda T. Sánchez, Mark Pocan, and Michael M. Honda announced legislation to expand Social Security.

Poll: Independents Bolster Incumbent Republican Senators in Battleground States
Quinnipiac battleground poll shows Burr, Rubio, Portman with modest leads, Toomey in tossup

Democrat Katie McGinty held a 1-point lead over incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, which is down two points since a similar poll a month ago. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Senate incumbents in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio have small leads in their races, a new poll shows, while the race in Pennsylvania remains a tossup.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Friday shows Florida Sen. Marco Rubio leading Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy by 7 points. Rubio also beats Murphy among independent voters by 16 points.

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. 

Grayson Goes Down With Guns Blazing
Says he won't endorse primary opponent Murphy in race against Rubio

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson's political future looks dark after losing the Democratic Senate primary to Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After finishing a distant second in his bid for the Florida Democratic Senate nomination, Rep. Alan Grayson has few avenues for a political future in the state.

Fellow Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, who beat Grayson on Tuesday, was heavily favored by the party establishment, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.