In new autobiography, Rubio says he almost quit Senate race

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Sen. Marco Rubio was on the verge of dropping out of the 2010 race for Senate, convinced that then-Gov. Charlie Crist’s popularity, power and money would be too much to overcome in a Republican primary, reports the Associated Press, which obtained an early copy of the book.

Rubio was also afraid any future political ambitions would be crushed by Crist’s supporters, Rubio wrote in his autobiography to be released next week.

Rubio said there was a tremendous amount of pressure to quit when he was far behind in the polls and had little money in the bank. He knew Crist would attack him and wondered how he could respond with few resources. He considered running instead for attorney general.

While laying the groundwork to switch races, however, he was asked about a rumor he was dropping out and suspected that Crist’s campaign found out about the plans and was pressuring him out before he was ready to make the announcement. It angered him into staying in.

“I crossed the bridge and burned it behind me. There was no way back and no way out but forward,” Rubio wrote in the 303-page book scheduled to be released Tuesday.

There’s more here. Also be sure to check out the Twitter feeds of AP reporters @BSFarrington and @Fineout for several more tidbits from the book.

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