While Republicans gather in Cleveland, Rubio stumps for re-election in Florida

After finding out New Hampshire wasn't Marco Rubio Country, Florida senator now stumping for re-election in home state

After finding out New Hampshire wasn’t Marco Rubio Country, Florida senator now stumping for re-election in home state

With Congress off on its longest recess of the modern era, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will begin barnstorming across Florida next week as he steps up his re-election campaign.

Rubio plans to hit nine cities next week, beginning Monday with visits to Fort Myers and West Palm Beach. The road trip even has a name: Rubio’s campaign is calling it, “The Fight Starts Now Tour.”

It’s Rubio’s second campaign go-around this year. He abandoned him presidential bid after badly losing the Florida primary to Donald Trump in March.

Details on next week’s stops aren’t yet available. But the candidate will be mostly hitting North and Central Florida, with the West Palm Beach event the only one planned for Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach counties.

While Rubio is stumping, most of the GOP’s focus will be on Cleveland, where the Republican National Convention opens Monday. Rubio is skipping, because of his re-election campaign, but is sending a video speech so RNC-goers won’t feel ignored.

Rubio’s first re-election test comes Aug. 30 in the state’s Republican primary, when he faces longshot Carlos Beruff, a Manatee County developer, and two other self-styled contenders.

U.S. Reps. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter and Alan Grayson of Orlando are the most prominent Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for the November election.

With Republicans in a battle to retain control of the Senate, GOP leaders in the House and Senate have sent Congress home for a seven-week recess, the longest since some kind of summer break become customary in the late 1960s.

 

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