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Marco Rubio to host ‘strategy summit’ with donors in Las Vegas

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As Marco Rubio enjoys somewhat of a resurgence in national polling, the Republican presidential candidate will host a two-day Las Vegas summit with several top donors next week.

The move by the Florida senator is an attempt to woo former backers of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who dropped out of the race last week after a poor showing at the second televised GOP debate. Rubio’s poll numbers have been on the rise.

First reported by Sean Sullivan of The Washington Post, the football-themed “Quarter Four Strategy Summit” will be Oct. 8 and 9 – days after the close of the third quarter fundraising period — at the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip. Events include a “breakfast and team talk” and picnic dinner with the senator, according to the event invite.

The meeting is to focus on fundraising strategy for the final three months of 2015. While in Nevada, a key early primary state, Rubio expects to hold a series of campaign events.

Candidates have until mid-October to report fundraising totals to the Federal Election Commission.

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