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Must-read from Times’ Adam Smith: With no primary battle, Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate bid fades into the political background

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An absolute must-read from Adam Smith about how Marco Rubio has failed to transition to a general election candidate (something I have been saying for two months).  Some of the highlights:

Rubio is essentially running now as a general election candidate, though Monday saw little sign of him reaching beyond tea party activists and arch conservatives.


The 39-year-old former state House Speaker who only weeks ago was the hottest new political face in America, acknowledged the attention has dimmed considerably.


“It seems like I’m not seeing you guys as much,” Rubio joked to reporters.


There’s been little sign of the momentum that swept Rubio to the forefront.


“There are people who want to help, but there’s nowhere to go,” she said, lamenting that Rubio’s local campaign office in Clearwater is not more centrally located.

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