Politics August 31, 2016: Rubio, McCain, Wasserman Schultz win primaries in Congressional and Senate races

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Rubio, McCain, Wasserman Schultz win primaries in Congressional and Senate races

By Bonnie K. Goodman

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 29: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to supporters as he stops to thank volunteers at a phone bank on the final day before the Florida primary election on August 29, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is facing off against Carlos Beruff for the Republican primary. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 29: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to supporters as he stops to thank volunteers at a phone bank on the final day before the Florida primary election on August 29, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Rubio is facing off against Carlos Beruff for the Republican primary. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Three embattled incumbent members of Congress have won their respective primaries. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, primaries were held across the country for Congressional seats in the House of Representatives and Senate. In Florida, Republican Senator Marco Rubio won his primary as did Republican Arizona Senator John McCain as did Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

In the Florida Senate race, Rubio won against his challenger Carlos Beruff, 72 percent to 19 percent. Most of Rubio’s GOP opponents dropped out after he decided to join the race at the wire three months after his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Rubio will be vying for his second term against Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, who beat out his only opponent Rep. Alan Grayson. Major points of attacks are that Rubio missed so much of his Senate term campaigning for president and has not committed to serving the next six-year term, suggesting he might consider another presidential run in 2020. Rubio’s seat is critical for the GOP to maintain control of the Senate.

In the Arizona Senate race, McCain is going for his sixth Senate term and easily defeated his opponent state Senator Kelli Ward. McCain who just turned 80 faced attacks about his age from his much younger, opponent. Ward, who is 47, and a doctor called McCain “old” and “weak” and made his age the main campaign issue implying he could die before his term ends. Republican voters, however, did not agree and chose McCain again, he will face Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in November.

One of the most vulnerable Democrats, Florida Rep. Wasserman Shultz was able to win her primary against Tim Canova. Canova had the backing of Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who rightly found Wasserman Shultz working against his primary campaign. The former Democratic National Committee chairman, Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign the evening before the start of the Democratic National Convention after emails showed her bias against Sanders. The public embarrassment put her primary bid in jeopardy.

This year has not been a good one for Congressional incumbents with five, three Republicans and two Democrats already losing their reelection bids. Those that lost their primaries are “Republican Reps. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, Randy Forbes of Virginia and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas.” Among the Democrats are Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah, who was convicted on 23 charges of corruption in June and Florida Rep. Corrine Brown, who was indicted in July on 24 counts of fraud.

Politics June 22, 2016: Rubio announces reelection run for Florida Senate seat leads in polls

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Rubio announces reelection run for Florida Senate seat leads in polls

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June 22, 2016 11:45 AM MST
Sen. Marco Rubio said after dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination that he wouldn't run for re-election.

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Politics June 15, 2016: Marco Rubio reconsidering running for reelection for Florida Senate seat

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Marco Rubio reconsidering running for reelection for Florida Senate seat

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June 15, 2016 10:52 PM MST

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is inching closer to running for reelection, after being reluctant to consider running after his failed presidential bid and his friend Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera running for his seat, June 15, 2016
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Politics May 31, 2016: McConnell, Trump drafting Rubio to run for re-election to Florida Senate seat

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McConnell, Trump drafting Rubio to run for re-election to Florida Senate seat

May 31, 2016, 1:18 PM MST
Republican leaders are urging Marco Rubio to run for re-election for his Senate seat from Florida in attempt to maintain control of the Senate come November, May 31, 2016
Republican leaders are urging Marco Rubio to run for re-election for his Senate seat from Florida in attempt to maintain control of the Senate come November, May 31, 2016
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McConnell, Trump drafting Rubio to run for re-election to Florida Senate seat

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Politics May 10, 2016: Rubio shuts down VP chatter refuses to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate

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Rubio shuts down VP chatter refuses to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate

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May 10, 2016 1:57 AM MST

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is putting any vice presidential speculation to rest issuing a statement he would not be presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump's running mate, May 9, 2016
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is putting any vice presidential speculation to rest issuing a statement he would not be presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s running mate, May 9, 2016
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Politics April 14, 2016: Marco Rubio top vice presidential choice for Trump and Cruz

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Marco Rubio top vice presidential choice for Trump and Cruz

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April 14, 2016 4:05 PM MST

Both GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz want Marco Rubio for their vice presidential running mate and most importantly his delegates, April 12, 2016
Both GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz want Marco Rubio for their vice presidential running mate and most importantly his delegates, April 12, 2016
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Politics March 15, 2016: Rubio suspends campaign after Florida loss to Trump on Super Tuesday 3

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Rubio suspends campaign after Florida loss to Trump on Super Tuesday 3

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March 15, 2016 8:26 PM MST

Florida Senator Marco Rubio lost his home state to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump by over twenty percent and decided to suspend his presidential campaign, March 15, 2016
Florida Senator Marco Rubio lost his home state to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump by over twenty percent and decided to suspend his presidential campaign, March 15, 2016
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Politics March 13, 2016: Marco Rubio wins Washington DC; Cruz wins Wyoming primaries

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Marco Rubio wins Washington DC; Cruz wins Wyoming primaries

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March 13, 2016 2:44 PM MST

 Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are big winners in nominating contests held on Saturday, with Rubio winning Washington, DC and Cruz winning Wyoming, March 12, 2016
Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are big winners in nominating contests held on Saturday, with Rubio winning Washington, DC and Cruz winning Wyoming, March 12, 2016
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Politics March 9, 2016: Big Super Tuesday 2 night for Trump wins Mississippi, Michigan and Hawaii

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Big Super Tuesday 2 night for Trump wins Mississippi, Michigan and Hawaii

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March 9, 2016 9:19 AM MST

 After attacks from the GOP establishment, frontrunner Donald Trump continued his march toward the nomination, showing the party he is essentially unstoppable, and they need to unify behind him to win, March 8, 2016
After attacks from the GOP establishment, frontrunner Donald Trump continued his march toward the nomination, showing the party he is essentially unstoppable, and they need to unify behind him to win, March 8, 2016
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Politics March 2, 2016: Party frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton win big on Super Tuesday

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Party frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton win big on Super Tuesday

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March 2, 2016 5:24 PM MST

Republican Donald Trump and Democratic Hillary Clinton won seven of Super Tuesdays 12 nominating contests, bolstering their frontrunner status and the candidates to beat this primary cycle, March 2, 2016
Republican Donald Trump and Democratic Hillary Clinton won seven of Super Tuesdays 12 nominating contests, bolstering their frontrunner status and the candidates to beat this primary cycle, March 2, 2016
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Politics February 29, 2016: Trump and Clinton are beating their opponents before Super Tuesday

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Trump and Clinton are beating their opponents before Super Tuesday

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February 29, 2016 3:26 PM MST

NORFOLK, Va. — Hours before voters in 11 states, including Virginia, hold Democratic nominating contests on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton set her sights on the general election. The former secretary of state's stump speech spent little time on her rival, S...

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Politics February 21, 2016: Race defined Clinton wins Nevada, Trump wins South Carolina as Bush drops out

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Race defined Clinton wins Nevada, Trump wins South Carolina as Bush drops out

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February 21, 2016 4:20 AM MST

 The Nevada Caucuses and South Carolina primary proved telling for the 2016 race where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump cemented their status as their parties' frontrunners, Feb. 20, 2016
The Nevada Caucuses and South Carolina primary proved telling for the 2016 race where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump cemented their status as their parties’ frontrunners, Feb. 20, 2016
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Politics February 16, 2016: Trump threatens third-party run after GOP plays favorites with Cruz, Rubio

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February 16, 2016 5:16 AM MST

Donald Trump cannot seem to make up his mind despite sharing his thoughts at great length with the press and public.In the midst of his presidential run, the bombastic billionaire has burned relations with the nation of Mexico and former business...

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Politics February 5, 2016: Sanders, Clinton almost tied, Sanders, Rubio do best in general election matchup

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February 5, 2016 4:08 PM MST

Both Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Marco Rubio are gaining the most ground in the latest national poll after the Iowa caucuses, Feb. 5, 2016
Both Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Marco Rubio are gaining the most ground in the latest national poll after the Iowa caucuses, Feb. 5, 2016
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Politics January 24, 2016: Des Moines Register endorses Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio ahead of Iowa caucus

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Des Moines Register endorses Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio ahead of Iowa caucus

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January 24, 2016 11:29 AM MST

 

 The Des Moines Register editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton for her experience, and Marco Rubio for his optimism with just a week before the Iowa caucuses kicks off primary season, Jan. 23, 2016
The Des Moines Register editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton for her experience, and Marco Rubio for his optimism with just a week before the Iowa caucuses kicks off primary season, Jan. 23, 2016
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Politics January 19, 2016: Iowa GOP Gov Terry Branstad urges voters to defeat Ted Cruz in Iowa caucuses

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Iowa GOP Gov Terry Branstad urges voters to defeat Ted Cruz in Iowa caucuses

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Examiner.com, January 19, 2016 4:00 PM MST

 Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is telling Iowa voters not to vote for Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the caucuses because his opposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) important to the Iowa economy, Jan. 19, 2016
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is telling Iowa voters not to vote for Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the caucuses because his opposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) important to the Iowa economy, Jan. 19, 2016
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Politics December 23, 2015: Fox Business Network January GOP debate will only feature top six candidates

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Examiner.com, December 23, 2015 10:46 AM MST

 Only six GOP candidates will make the main stage of the Fox Business Network debate, the network changed the criteria for the sixth debate, Dec. 22, 2015
Only six GOP candidates will make the main stage of the Fox Business Network debate, the network changed the criteria for the sixth debate, Dec. 22, 2015
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Politics December 2, 2015: Trump solidifies lead, Rubio moves up, Carson drops, Sanders beats them all

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Trump solidifies lead, Rubio moves up, Carson drops, Sanders beats them all

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Examiner.com, December 2, 2015, 11:34 AM MST

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as their party's frontrunners by large margins, Dec. 2, 2015
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as their party’s frontrunners by large margins, Dec. 2, 2015
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Politics November 23, 2015: Rubio the GOP’s best hope against Clinton beats her as foreign policy takes over

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Examiner.com, November 23, 2015, 12:31 PM MST

 

Marco Rubio is releasing his first national TV campaign ad entitled "A Civilizational Struggle" about the war on terrorism against ISIS, Nov. 22, 2015

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Politics November 19, 2015: Rubio contrasts his youth to Clinton’s from the 60s as he rises in GOP polls

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Examiner.com, November 19, 2015, 9:49 AM MST

 

Florida Senator Marco Rubio released an ad attacking Hillary Clinton from the 60s comment that she said in the second Democratic presidential debate, Nov. 16, 2015

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Politics November 3, 2015: Rubio new GOP frontrunner? Moving into top tier in new polls, gains endorsement

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Examiner.com, November 3, 2015, 9:18 AM MST

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is benefitting from a string debate performance and is becoming a significant power player in the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination, Nov. 3, 2015
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is benefitting from a string debate performance and is becoming a significant power player in the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination, Nov. 3, 2015
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Politics June 4, 2015: Marco Rubio and wife living life in the fast lane with 17 traffic infractions

Marco Rubio and wife living life in the fast lane with 17 traffic infractions

June 5, 2015

Florida Senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has a driving problem according to a New York Times report published on Friday, June 5, 2015 about the candidate and his wife, Jeannette’s traffic infractions. According Miami-Dade…

Politics May 28, 2015: Five GOP candidates tied top new 2016 poll Hillary Clinton the big winner

Five GOP candidates tied top new 2016 poll Hillary Clinton the big winner

May 28, 2015

Voters are undecided about the large and still growing Republican field seeking the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Five candidates tied for first place in a new Quinnipiac University poll with only 10 percent support each, the remaining candidates in the…

Politics May 7, 2015: Marco Rubio considered most acceptable GOP candidate of 2016 field in new poll

Marco Rubio considered most acceptable GOP candidate of 2016 field in new poll

May 7, 2015

News polls show that two Republican candidates are topping the field. According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on May 4, 2015 former Florida Governor Jeb Bush may be in the lead, with Florida Senator Marco…

Politics April 27, 2015: Bush leads Hillary Clinton in Virginia matchup remaining GOP candidates close

Bush leads Hillary Clinton in Virginia matchup remaining GOP candidates close

April 27, 2015

New polls are showing that despite the Democrats love affair with Hillary Clinton she is not faring well when it comes to potential general election matchups with her Republican opponents. A new poll released on Monday, April 27 from the…