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Rep. Patrick Murphy running for US Senate

NORTH PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy announced Monday morning he is running for the U.S. Senate in the seat now held by Republican Marco Rubio.

In a statement, Murphy, a Democrat, is pointing straight at Rubio.

“For years, Sen. Rubio has put the needs of Floridians behind his presidential ambitions. We need a leader in the Senate whose eyes are firmly fixed on the people of Florida by working together to get things done,” said Murphy's statement.

Rubio has talked about running for president, but so far has not formally declared himself a candidate. If he's not in the presidential race, Rubio could run for re-election to the Senate.

Murphy has said he plans to run for the U.S. Senate in 2016 regardless of whether Rubio is in the race.

Murphy was first elected to Congress in 2012, defeating Allen West in the most expensive Congressional contest in the country. The 18th Congressional District he represents covers St. Lucie and Martin counties and the northern portion of Palm Beach County. He was re-elected last year, defeating former state legislator Carl Domino.

Just last week two well-known Democrats, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Gov. Charlie Crist, took themselves out of the running for the Senate race.

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