- Rubio handily defeated Rep. Patrick Murphy
- Rubio originally ran for the GOP presidential nomination
Rubio handily defeated Rep. Patrick Murphy, once a promising Democratic recruit who faced questions about whether he embellished his resume. Democrats were once optimistic about Murphy's Florida bid, but later largely pulled all advertising in the expensive state in order to finance buys in other contests.
Rubio originally ran for the GOP presidential nomination and pledged to not seek another term in the Senate.
But after dropping out of the race, Republican leaders pressured him to re-consider, and his entry into the fold virtually cleared the crowded field for the Republican nomination.