Rubio to stump for Cuccinelli in Virginia


FILE: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Sen. Marco Rubio will campaign next month for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, a spokeswoman for Cuccinelli said Monday.

Further details are still being worked out, campaign spokeswoman Anna Nix said.

Rubio (R-Florida), who has been mentioned among possible up-and-coming contenders in the 2016 presidential race, would bring some GOP star power to a race that has already received a generous amount of national attention.

His presence could also persuade more Republicans to open their wallets and help close the sizable gap between Cuccinelli’s campaign treasury and that of his Democratic Party opponent, Terry McAuliffe.

But Rubio has alienated some members of his party with his role helping to craft a compromise immigration overhaul measure that would tighten the nation’s borders while expanding the number of work visas and opening a path to citizenship for immigrants who are in the nation illegally.

A Washington Post poll this spring found that 56 percent of Republicans in the state oppose a “path to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants living in the United States, while a slight majority -- 52 percent -- of independents and 74 percent of Democrats support the idea.

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