The political drama about whether or not Senator Rubio will run for re-election to preserve his relatively save Senate seat continues.
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell has recently stated on CNN that he and others were “doing everything” they could to get Rubio to run for re-election.
Just this past weekend, Rubio told Jake Tapper that he could “maybe” run for re-election to the Senate, if his good friend, Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R) was not in the race.
We spoke to Rubio last week about the move a possible run for the Senate, which prompted Rubio to stick to his guns, saying that he was absolutely not running for his seat again.
Then the interview with Tapper happened.
Now the buzz in Florida is about whether or not a deal will be struck with Lopez-Cantera to clear the field for Rubio.
Rubio would probably win his seat, but the reason why the Republican Party is pressing him to run is because of the real possibility that they could lose control of the Senate.
No wonder the GOP is freaking out. Nationwide, the GOP stands to lose enough Republican-held Senate seats that would give the Democrats back control of the chamber.
Both Lopez-Cantera and another Republican senatorial candidate, Carlos Beruff, do not seem troubled about a possible Rubio re-election run.
Beruff’s spokesman Chris Hartline says that his boss is “staying in the race,” citing that “Washington Republicans” would not control the Florida race, rather the contest would be decided by the voters.
If the GOP loses control of the Senate, it wouldn’t be Rubio’s fault. If Republicans retain Rubio’s seat, but lose all the other Senate seats that are considered leaning Democrat or “toss up,” they still lose their majority.