Republican Marco Rubio defeated Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek to win Florida's open Senate seat, keeping it with the GOP.
An Associated Press analysis of preliminary exit poll data Tuesday shows that the tea party favorite beat Democratic nominee Meek and Crist, who left the Republican Party earlier this year to run as an independent when polls showed him trailing in a GOP primary. Rubio will replace George LeMieux, who was appointed to the seat by Crist last year after Mel Martinez resigned.
The victory culminates a dramatic rise for Rubio, a former speaker of the Florida House who was given little chance to defeat the once-popular Crist when he announced his candidacy last year. Rubio built momentum through tea party rallies and consistent attacks on President Barack Obama's policies.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus