Rubio decides not to attend GOP convention
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Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' 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.

He's the latest major GOP politician to skip out on the convention, which will serve as Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA 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.