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Val Demings plans to challenge Marco Rubio in FL Senate race

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Val Demings is planning to challenge Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, giving Democrats a boost in a competitive 2022 race that could decide control of the Senate, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.

The move ends mounting speculation over the congresswoman's political future. She had been considering a run for governor in Florida but may have faced a divisive primary against Rep.

Charlie Crist, who has already joined that race. In focusing on the Senate instead, Demings could quickly become a front-runner among Democrats and tap into a national network of fundraisers who could help finance what will likely be an expensive campaign.

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