Sen. Marco Rubio wins 2016 Florida Senate race

Republican Marco Rubio has beaten Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, in the race for the Florida Senate seat currently held by Rubio.

The race had more or less been a tie this fall, but Murphy was increasingly left on his own to try to unseat one of Senate Republicans' most well-known, well-funded and talented candidates this election cycle. Rubio, after saying he wouldn't run for reelection, changed his mind after an unsuccessful run at the GOP presidential nomination.

Republicans kept control of Senate majority, fending off what was thought to be a strong takeover bid by Democrats.

So far, 33 Senate races have been decided, with Republicans winning 21 and Democrats winning 12. Going into Tuesday, Republicans held a majority in the Senate, with 54 seats vs. 44 for the Democrats. Two Independents in the Senate both caucus with the Democrats.

Rubio, 45, is in his first term in the Senate. He's widely expected to make another run at the presidency, possibly as soon as 2020.

Murphy currently serves in the U.S. House.

Florida voted for Republican businessman Donald Trump in Tuesday’s presidential election.

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From staff and wire reports, powered by Heliograf, The Post's artificial intelligence system.

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