Rubio Is First Sitting Senator To Lose Primary In Home State Since 1988
Marco Rubio is the first sitting senator, Republican or Democrat, since Bob Dole in 1988 to lose his home state in a primary election.
Rubio only won one county in Florida — his home of Miami-Dade. In the lead-up to the Tuesday’s election in the Sunshine State, the senator emphasized the importance of winning. He said, “I believe with all my heart that the winner of the Florida primary next Tuesday will be the nominee of the Republican Party.”
Dole lost in his home state of Kansas in 1988 to then-Vice President George H.W Bush.
Rubio’s campaign and affiliated Super PACs spent $8.2 million dollars in Florida.