Florida Democrats have clear choice in race to replace Rubio


January 28, 2016 8:45PM (UTC)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democrats must decide whether their best shot at winning the Senate seat now held by Marco Rubio is a liberal firebrand who has said the GOP health plan was to hope people die quickly, or a moderate Democrat who often votes with the GOP.

Rubio is giving up his seat to run for president, and it's targeted by Democrats hoping to regain a Senate majority. The two major candidates are U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a favorite with his party's far left, and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a former Republican who has sided with the GOP on issues such as loosening banking regulations and weakening President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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The Democratic establishment is behind Murphy, seeing him as the stronger general election candidate, while Grayson argues he's the only true Democrat in the race.




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