FILE - In this March 14, 2016, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign rally at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla. Rubio is facing intense pressure to run for re-election to his Florida Senate seat, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell taking the lead in a campaign to get him to reconsider his plans to retire. Republicans fear that if Rubio doesn’t run for a second term they could lose his seat. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Rubio Expected To Seek Re-Election To Senate Seat

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading Republicans expect Sen. Marco Rubio to announce he is running for re-election to his Florida Senate seat.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it would be “a great outcome” that would mean the GOP likely would hang onto the seat.

McConnell has been leading efforts to persuade Rubio to stay in the Senate instead of retiring, as had been his plan.

Rubio was preparing to reveal his plans later Wednesday, according to a GOP official who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement.

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