Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy easily won their primaries Tuesday, setting up a battle that promises to play a critical role in determining which political party controls the U.S. Senate for the next two years.
Rubio, who said four months ago that he didn’t want his Senate job anymore, won 72 percent of the vote in the Republican primary against brash, self-funding millionaire homebuilder Carlos Beruff and two lesser-known candidates.
Murphy won 59 percent of the vote in a Democratic primary that included liberal firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson.
Rubio on Monday declined on CNN to commit to serving a full six-year term in the Senate if he wins reelection.
“No one can make that commitment because you don’t know what the future’s gonna hold in your life personally or politically,” Rubio said.
Politico interprets Rubio’s comment as opening the door for another presidential run.