Everyone expected Florida’s senatorial race between Senator Marco Rubio (R) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) to possibly go done to the wire on election night.
Boy, were they wrong, as Rubio absolutely clobbered Murphy.
The Associated Press called the race about 9pm EDT, only one hour after polls closed in the Republican-heavy Panhandle of the state
We have been saying that Rubio’s race was critical for Republicans to maintain their majority in the Senate.
Now with Sen. Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Lee (R-UT) winning their respective senatorial races, the GOP solidifies their majority, but not by much.
During his victory speech, Rubio said that he believed “America is going to be OK” and that “God” was “not done with America yet.”
Watch the speech here.
Here is Rubio’s communications team celebrating shortly after the call was made.
Rubio can also thank groups like Americans for Prosperity and the Club for Growth for their efforts to defeat Patrick Murphy.
“For months AFP-FL staff and volunteers have been having conversations with Floridians across the state. We reached out to over four million Floridians in efforts to expose Patrick Murphy’s embellished record, lack of accomplishments, and support for costly health care, energy, and tax policies.
“Murphy’s defeat demonstrates the efficacy of AFP-FL’s grassroots army as we prioritize authentic, personal conversations with voters. We look forward to carrying this momentum into the 2017 legislative session as we continue on our mission to fight for limited government public policies that enable more people to work hard, provide for their family, and achieve the American dream.”-AFP-FL state director, Chris Hudson