Elections

Rick Scott gushes over Senate loser, congratulates victor Rubio 13 hours later

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. greets supporters at a primary election party, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Kissimmee.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. greets supporters at a primary election party, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Kissimmee. AP

Carlos Beruff may have lost badly in his GOP primary race against U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, but his effort won praise from Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who helped encourage Beruff to run and previously heaped praise on him during joint speaking events.

Within minutes of Rubio’s salting away the win Tuesday night, Scott took to Twitter and Facebook to congratulate Beruff — but not Rubio.

Beruff, a Manatee County home-builder, wasn’t the only one to get praise from Scott. The governor also celebrated Republicans Matt Gaetz and Francis Rooney for winning GOP primaries for Congress.

But Scott conspicuously waited almost 13 hours to congratulate Rubio — the Republican incumbent who trounced Beruff 72 percent to 18 percent in unofficial results from Tuesday.

The Facebook post this morning praising Rubio came shortly after a Herald/Times reporter asked Scott’s spokeswoman why the governor had congratulated Beruff but not Rubio.

Kristen M. Clark: 850-222-3095, kclark@miamiherald.com, @ByKristenMClark

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