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Marco Rubio wins Florida Senate re-election

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., pauses as he speaks to media outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio announced Wednesday he will run for re-election to the Senate from Florida, reversing his retirement plans under pressure from GOP leaders determined to hang onto his seat and Senate control. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marco Rubio has won re-election to the U.S. Senate over Democratic opponent, Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy.

Rubio's victory comes 19 months after the Florida Republican announced his bid for president in April 2015. But after losing to Donald Trump in the primary in his home state of Florida by nearly 20 points, Rubio suspended his campaign for president in March, having won just one state (Minnesota), Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Four months later, in July, Rubio announced he had changed his mind, telling Fox News the Pulse nightclub terror attack in Orlando caused him  to rethink the decision.

“It really gives you pause to think a little bit about, you know, your service to your country and where you can be most useful to your country," Rubio told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt at the time.

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