Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio today officially kicked off his bid for the Republican nomination in next year's U.S. Senate race, possibly setting the stage for a mammoth political fight with Gov. Charlie Crist, who has yet to announce his intentions.
Here is Rubio's announcement:
The Associated Press says Crist will likely make an announcement next week.
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