Wasserman Schultz wins Florida primary, as does Rubio, Murphy

U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz introduces U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a field office for Schultz in Davie, Florida, U.S., August 9, 2016. © Chris Keane
Florida's primary Tuesday brought heavy challenges to incumbents returning to the campaign trail, with Senator Marco Rubio prevailing in the Republican primary. Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will serve her 7th term after defeating a Bernie Sanders-supported college professor.

For the 23rd congressional district seat, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was ousted as the chair of the Democratic National Committee just before the party’s convention in July, went up against Tim Canova, a college professor who caught the eye of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

With 57 percent of precincts reporting, the AP declared Wasserman Schultz the winner, with 57.5 percent against Canova's 42.5 percent.

Canova targeted Wasserman Schultz’s close work with the Clinton campaign during the presidential primary season, even though the DNC is supposed to remain neutral in such races.

With 30 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press declared Rubio the winner in the GOP primary for US Senate with 70.3 percent of the vote, defeating business executive Carlos Beruff. Rubio had previously vowed to retire from the Senate during his failed run for president this year, but changed his mind in June.

On the Democratic side of the Senate primary, two sitting congressmen filled out the top two in a primary of four candidates. With 37 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press reported a devastating loss for Alan Grayson, with 17.9 percent, against Patrick Murphy, who took 59.2 percent. Murphy will face off against Rubio in November for the Senate seat.