To the surprise of no one, the Florida U.S. Senate race will be between incumbent Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Congressman Patrick Murphy of Jupiter (the Palm Beach County Florida town, not the planet).
Rubio walloped Manatee builder Carlos Beruff, who basically ran as a carbon copy of Donald Trump, in Tuesday’s primary. Rubio received more than 70 percent of the vote. Murphy beat Orlando Congressman Alan Grayson, who actually may be from another planet, by almost as gaudy an amount.
Most polls — there haven’t been many — show young Rubio, 45, leading even younger Murphy, 33, by a few points, usually within the margin of error.
Rubio has more name recognition than Murphy, though this year being an incumbent is not as helpful as it has been in other years. He will be criticized by Democrats for missing lots of Senate votes while he was running for president, and for going back on his word that he would not seek re-election to the Senate, a decision he reversed saying it was so important for Republicans not to lose the Senate this year by running a little known candidate. Murphy’s handicap is that he has accomplished little in his two terms in Congress and did nothing before being elected except work for his wealthy father’s companies.
Rubio has endorsed Trump for president but has been unenthusiastic about whooping him up, saying he has areas of disagreement with him. Murphy on the other hand has been more enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton, saying he trusts Hillary Clinton “100 percent,” making him a member of a very select fraternity.