Florida’s Republican incumbent Marco Rubio has been reelected to the U.S. Senate, beating his Democratic opponent in a key battleground state.
Rubio maintained a gentle lead in opposition to the Democratic candidate, Rep. Val Demings, within the weeks main as much as election night time. Demings had hoped to oust Rubio and enhance the Democrats’ majority within the Senate.
The nationwide outlook for management of the Senate shifted 4 weeks earlier than election night time, with Republicans favored to retake the bulk, NPR beforehand reported.
The candidates squared off in a debate three weeks earlier than election night time, the place Rubio and Demings swapped blows about points comparable to inflation, abortion, the Second Modification and voting rights.
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Throughout the debate Rubio accused the Biden administration of releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to attempt to win votes. And when Demings, a former Orlando police chief at present serving within the Home of Representatives, accused the senator of not doing sufficient to stop college shootings, he countered that her advised precautions would have stopped nothing.
“Every part she is for would have executed nothing to cease any of these shootings,” Rubio mentioned through the debate. “Each one in every of these shooters would have handed the background test that she retains insisting on. Nobody right here is in favor of mass shootings and violence.”
It is unclear what would have occurred had Rubio not received. In September, the senator joined 11 different Republicans — together with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — in declining to reply whether or not they would settle for the election outcomes, The Washington Publish reported.