FOX NEWS: Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Tuesday survived a tough primary challenge — defeating a persistent, first-time challenger and the controversy that ended her leadership of the Democratic National Committee — to win her Floriday primary.
The Associated Press projected the win for Wasserman Schultz shortly after polls closed.
In other of the state’s closely-watched Senate primaries, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy won their respective Florida Senate primaries — setting up a high-profile November contest that will help determine whether Democrats can retake control of the Senate.
Wasserman Schultz is expected to win a sixth term in November in the state’s Democratic-leaning 23rd Congressional District.
Wasserman Schultz won in part with loyal support from district voters.
Rubio defeated four challengers including top-contender Carlos Beruff, a homebuilder. He mounted a last-minute bid for a second Senate term after a failed 2016 White House bid.
Supporters at his party near Walt Disney World whooped and chanted “Marco! Marco! Marco!” when The Associated Press declared him the winner.
In the Democratic primary, the establishment-backed Murphy defeated liberal firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson.
“Patrick will be there every day to work for Floridians, unlike no-show Senator Marco Rubio who earned the worst attendance record of any Florida senator in nearly 50 years and just today couldn’t commit to serving a full six-year term,” Tom Lopach, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said after polls closed.
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