Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) has won the Republican Senate primary in Florida, the Associated Press reports.
Rubio defeated Carlos Beruff, a businessman who has aligned himself withRepublican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The Hill reports that Beruff spent more than $8 million of his own money on his campaign.
Rubio had secured 71 percent of the vote to Berruf's 20 with 38 percent of the precincts reporting
The incumbent will face off with Rep. Patrick Murphy (D., Fla.) in the general election. As of this publication, Murphy had received 59 percent of the Democratic primary vote against challenger Rep. Alan Greyson (D., Fla.), who received 18 percent.
Rubio initially said that he was not going to run for re-election but changed his mind in June.
He was a top contender for the Republican presidential nomination, but he dropped out in March after being soundly defeated by Trump in his home state of Florida. Rubio finished with the third-most delegates behind Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas).