Florida Republicans tap Marco Rubio to run for re-election to Senate
Marco Rubio speaks to CBS News (screen grab)

Marco Rubio, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race earlier this year, was chosen on Tuesday as the Republican Party nominee for a second U.S. Senate term from Florida, according to the Associated Press.

Rubio was projected to win the party nominating contest in Florida over novice politician Carlos Beruff, a wealthy homebuilder. Rubio could face Democratic U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy, who was expected to win his party's nominating contest, in the Nov. 8 election.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Peter Cooney)