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  1. Florida Republicans cautious in responding to new immigration restrictions

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Leading Florida Republicans cautiously responded to President Donald Trump's immigration restrictions, agreeing largely that more screening is required while expressing discomfort with the scope of the actions that have triggered worldwide outcry.

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, listens to a reporter's question after a Senate Foreign Relations committee business meeting on the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State on Monday, Jan. 23 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  2. Sen. Marco Rubio seeks new path in Donald Trump's D.C.

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — The news photographers rushed to the front of the room, jutting their lenses at Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chuckled at the spectacle, which Rubio built up over weeks, ensuring a return to the national spotlight.

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, listens to a reporter's question after a Senate Foreign Relations committee business meeting on the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State on Monday, Jan. 23 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  3. Patrick Murphy showing life in Senate race against Marco Rubio

    State Roundup

    Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio remains favored to win a second term against Democrat Patrick Murphy, but for the first time in a couple of months, it feels like Rubio is no longer an overwhelming favorite.

    A poll this month shows Patrick Murphy trailing in the U.S. Senate race to Marco Rubio by just 2 points.
  4. Marco Rubio's robotic debate answers, and uppercut punch, on the Donald Trump issue

    State Roundup

    At times Marco Rubio was, well, robotic. And Patrick Murphy was dazed by a punch.

    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio makes a point as Democratic challenger Rep. Patrick Murphy listens during the U.S. Senate debate on Monday at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
  5. Imagine the tenor of 2016 with Marco Rubio as the GOP nominee

    State Roundup

    TAMPA

    How many of the Republicans gathered Saturday night in Tampa, I wonder, had the same thought I did as Marco Rubio spoke to the annual state GOP Victory Dinner.

    Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at the Florida GOP Victory dinner in Tampa on Saturday. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times )
  6. Rubio and Murphy clash on absenteeism, Trump and resumes

    State Roundup

    ORLANDO — After weeks of sniping at each other on the campaign trail, Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy took swipes at each other Monday night in the first of two scheduled U.S. Senate debates before Election Day.

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, left, listens as Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, speaks during a debate at the University of Central Florida on Monday in Orlando. (AP Photo/John Raoux)