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REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

The emergence of former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio as a candidate for the U.S. Senate has energized conservatives not only across Florida but across the country, as well.

Mr. Rubio, 39, is the hands-down choice in this race against two little-known candidates: William Escoffery III is a Jamaican-born physician based in Shalimar who moved to Florida in 1977. William Billy Kogut is an Ormond Beach real-estate salesman who moved to Florida in 1995.

In a sense, Mr. Rubio, running as a conservative's conservative, can already claim a big victory. What once seemed a long-shot challenge against Gov. Charlie Crist when Mr. Rubio entered the race turned into a rout that forced Mr. Crist to seek the Senate seat as an independent rather than contesting Mr. Rubio for votes on the right.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, Republican primary, The Miami Herald recommends MARCO RUBIO.

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