Marco Rubio, in reversal, will seek re-election to Senate

Rubio's Rise and Fall

Rubio also mentioned the high stakes of the Florida Senate election, which he said could determine the vacant ninth seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and the future of the Iran nuclear deal.

Cruz expanded on his endorsement on his Facebook page, calling Rubio a "powerful voice for the American dream" and said that "we very much need strong leaders in the Senate".

The Cook Political Report said Rubio's announcement "breathed new life" into Republican chances of holding onto the seat but still rated the race as a toss-up, citing his poor Senate attendance record and the senator's remarks during his presidential campaign that he was "frustrated" with the upper chamber.

The GOP is going to have to fight to keep control of the Senate and House this election, so party bosses are looking to keep any seat they can, any way they can.

After outlining why he believes a Hillary Clinton administration would provide "four more years" of the same "failed" policies of President Barack Obama, he zeroed in on Trump, his party's presumptive presidential nominee.

"After tonight it is clear that while we are on the right side this year that we will not be on the winning side", Rubio said in announcing his withdrawal from the presidential race.

Rubio exited the Republican presidential race in March after losing his home state to Trump by almost 20 points. On Friday, Rep. David Jolly bowed out of the contest to make way for a potential Rubio run.

Dispelling the fiction that he would retire to the private sector in 2017, Marco Rubio announced on Wednesday that he would run for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

"This isn't Marco Rubio's seat; this is Florida's seat", Republican developer Carlos Beruff said in a statement Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, he said he chose to seek re-election over Father's Day weekend, when he was in Miami with his wife and four children. "I've proven a willingness to do both". For good measure, Rubio said he won't campaign with or on behalf of Trump. All five of those GOP candidates to replace Rubio seemed unimpressive and were viewed as likely to lose to Rep. Patrick Murphy, the likely Democratic nominee.

Senate Republicans are defending 24 seats in November (compared with just 10 for Democrats) and polls suggest a majority of them could flip, an outcome that could put the majority back in Democratic hands. Rubio's decision follows a month of heavy lobbying from top Republicans and soul-searching on the part of Rubio after the Orlando attack.

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