Florida to pick a Democrat to face Rubio in November

Marco Rubio, AP file photo

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – After a failed presidential run, Sen. Marco Rubio is seeking to secure the Republican nomination for a second term and Democrats are deciding who should face him.

Tuesday’s primary will also set the stage for several U.S. House races in a year that Democrats are hoping to gain seats in the heavily Republican delegation.

Rubio made a last-minute decision to seek another term and nearly cleared what was a crowded Republican field. But millionaire homebuilder Carlos Beruff stayed in with hopes of toppling Rubio.

Democratic Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson are battling for the right to face Rubio in November.

South Florida voters were also choosing whether to keep former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Congress or to replace her with Tim Canova, a Bernie Sanders-backed law professor.

MORE: A guide to Florida’s primary election

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