Rubio decides not to attend GOP convention
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Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE has decided to skip the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this month after originally saying he would attend, citing the rigors of his newly launched Senate campaign.

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He's the latest major GOP politician to skip out on the convention, which will serve as Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE's coronation as the party's nominee. Only a small handful of Trump's former primary rivals will attend.

"Florida has always been a competitive state and it will be this fall. Marco had planned to go to the convention before he decided to seek re-election. Since Marco got into the race late, he will be in Florida campaigning and meeting with voters instead of going to Ohio," Rubio spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.

Rubio made a late decision to run for reelection to the Senate after his failed presidential campaign and pressure from top Republicans worried about losing his seat. Rubio had previously promised when launching his presidential campaign to retire from the Senate at the end of his term.

Rubio will face businessman Carlos Beruff, who has tried to use Rubio's change of heart about running to argue he's not committed to Floridians.