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Eric Cantor Endorses Marco Rubio Over Charlie Crist In Florida Senate Race

04/20/10 02:50 PM ET   AP


WASHINGTON — The second-ranking Republican in the House is endorsing Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist in the Florida Senate race.

In a statement Tuesday, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia said Rubio is the type of leader the nation needs.

The endorsement comes as Crist, once a rising star in the GOP, considers bolting from the party and running as independent in the race. Crist, the state's governor, trails the conservative Rubio by double digits in recent polls. Rep. Kendrick Meek is the likely Democratic nominee.

Polls suggest Crist could win as an independent in a three-way race.

Top Republicans are pressuring Crist to quit rather than run as an independent.

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