Voters Guide

Florida, meet your U.S. Senate primary candidates

Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is seeking re-election this year. He has three GOP challengers in the Aug. 30 party primary.
Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is seeking re-election this year. He has three GOP challengers in the Aug. 30 party primary. jiglesias@elnuevoherald.com

In Florida’s closely watched and highly competitive U.S. Senate race, four Republicans and five Democrats are competing in the Aug. 30 primaries for coveted spots on the general election ballot.

Incumbent Republican Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Reps. Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy are the most well-known names on each party’s ballot, but they face resilient challengers hoping to edge out a come-from-behind victory.

After a failed presidential run, Rubio wants to stay in office for another six-year term, while Democrats are pulling no punches to unseat him — pouring money and high-profile endorsements behind Murphy’s bid, in particular. Democrats hope a victory in Florida’s race will help them win back control of the U.S. Senate in 2017.

Click on the names below to learn more about the top contenders for Florida’s U.S. Senate contest:

Republicans

▪ Carlos Beruff, a Manatee County home-builder

▪ Marco Rubio, the incumbent U.S. senator and a former presidential candidate from West Miami

Two other Republicans are also on the primary ballot: Ernie Rivera, of Land O’Lakes, and Dwight Mark Anthony Young, of Clearwater.

Democrats

▪ Alan Grayson, a three-term U.S. representative from Orlando

▪ Pam Keith, a labor attorney and former naval officer from Miami

▪ Patrick Murphy, a two-term U.S. representative from Jupiter

Two other Democrats are also on the primary ballot: Reginald Luster, of Jacksonville, and Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, of Orlando.

A reminder: Florida has closed primaries, so only registered Republicans and Democrats can vote in their party’s respective election for U.S. Senate. Voters registered “no-party affiliation” cannot vote in the party primaries.

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

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