Jolly Drops Out of Senate Race, Rubio Undecided

When Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced his bid for the Republican Party nomination for President, he also announced that he would not seek a second term in Congress.

After dropping out of the race for the White House, Rubio has reportedly been pursued by numerous party members to reconsider and run for another six year term. Now, he will have one less opponent in the GOP primary if he does change his mind.

U.S. Representative David Jolly announced he is withdrawing from the race to focus on a reelection bid for his current job. Jolly will face Democrat and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who also ran against Rubio in 2010 as an independent after leaving the Republican Party.

Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, another candidate on the GOP side, has said he would get out of the race if Rubio does run again. The growing sentiment among Republican insiders is that, in what will likely be a close election year where the party could lose control of the Senate, Rubio gives them the best shot of holding the seat.

The Democratic Party has two major candidates for the spot, as U.S. Representatives Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson are vying for the seat.

Jolly was the GOP front runner in many polls before announcing he was dropping out, while Grayson and Murphy are splitting the major polls with several months to go before the primary election takes place.