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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., shake hands before their debate at the University of Central Florida, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux/AP)
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., shake hands before their debate at the University of Central Florida, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux/AP)
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Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio faced off in the first debate last night in Orlando against his challenger Congressman Patrick Murphy, the Democrat who represents Florida's 18th Congressional District.

Polls show that Rubio is leading in the race, but he has also received criticism for sticking to his endorsement of Donald Trump.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with the Miami Herald's Patricia Mazzei about the race.

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Patricia Mazzei, political writer for the Miami Herald. She tweets @PatriciaMazzei.

This segment aired on October 18, 2016.

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