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2016 U.S. Senate election

New Florida poll shows Hillary Clinton with 3-point lead over Donald Trump, tight race between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

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A new poll of likely Florida voters gives Hillary Clinton one of her largest leads in weeks. According to a new poll from St. Pete Polls, Clinton holds a 3-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the Sunshine State. The poll of 2,319 likely Florida voters shows Clinton at 48 percent, followed by Trump at 45 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 3 percent support, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 1 percent. About 2 percent of respondents said they were voting…

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Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy look confident before Florida’s Senate primary

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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy are campaigning as if Tuesday’s primary was already over and they won their parties’ nominations for U.S. Senate. And it may be for good reason. Rubio’s main challenger, Carlos Beruff, appeared to throw in the towel, essentially shutting down the campaign he’d sunk $8 million of his own money into. And Murphy’s main challenger, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, has been damaged by ethics and domestic abuse allegations, leaving Murphy to focus…

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Marco Rubio scores NRA endorsement

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The National Rifle Association has backed Marco Rubio in his re-election bid. In a statement Thursday, officials with the NRA they were supporting Rubio because he has been a “strong advocate” for law-abiding gun owners. “Marco Rubio is a strong advocate for the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen,” said Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA, in a statement. “He has fought to preserve our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage, and stood strong against President Obama,…

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera sweeps Polk REC straw poll

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The Polk County Republican Executive Committee loves the lieutenant governor in the U.S. Senate race. Late Monday the Polk REC announced Carlos Lopez-Cantera won its straw poll in a landslide, winning 74 percent of the votes cast. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach finished second with 15 percent, U.S. Rep. David Jolly of Seminole got 3 percent and Orlando businessman Todd Wilcox got 1 percent in the first county straw poll of the 2016 Senate primary campaign. “Polk…

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U.S. Senate candidate Sol Invictus no ‘cartoon character,’ friend says

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Augustus Sol Invictus, a Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate from Florida, has been called a fascist and is a pagan who once killed and drank a goat’s blood. He’s also an attorney licensed to practice law in four states and federal court, a small-business owner and is genially known as “Auggie Sunshine” to his law school pals. Shortly after declaring his candidacy for the Senate seat being vacated by now-presidential candidate Marco Rubio, the 32-year-old Invictus (his full name…

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