Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is emerging as casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's preferred candidate in the 2016 GOP primary, according to Politico's Alex Isenstadt.
The 81-year-old Adelson — the world's 18th-richest person and aspiring GOP kingmaker — considers Rubio the "future of the Republican Party" and admires his hawkish stance on Israel. The two have a fairly chummy relationship, too.
Adelson spent roughly $100 million on the 2012 election, much of that to prop up the floundering candidacy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. That's not quite the $300 million the Koch brothers are prepared to drop on the 2016 elections, but it's a pretty healthy start. A handful of Republican White House hopefuls plan to meet with Adelson this weekend in Las Vegas.
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