Rubio steps up campaign stops as election draws close

SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA) – With less than a week to go before the election, Sen. Marco Rubio has a busy schedule.

Rubio made campaign stops in five counties Friday, imploring his faithful Republican followers to vote early and to encourage others to do the same.

“I feel good about the Republican enthusiasm, but we have to keep it going. You know there are millions of votes out there that are going to be cast,” Rubio told a small gathering in Spring Hill.

The senator said his race will be a key to maintaining Republican control of the U.S. Senate. “We can’t hold the majority if we lose Florida,” Rubio said.

At the same time, he’s maintaining distance between himself and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump – despite having endorsed Trump.

“I think our race stands on it’s own. I have my own record, my own achievements, I’m very proud of em of the things I’ve done,” Rubio said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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