Florida Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy is considering running against Marco Rubio in 2022

Stephanie Murphy chats with constituents.
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Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) doesn't know yet if she will run against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in 2022, but if she decides to throw her hat in the ring, Murphy will enter the race with experience defeating an incumbent Republican.

In 2016, Murphy, who represents Florida's 7th Congressional District, beat the 12-term incumbent, Republican John Mica. Both of Florida's senators are Republicans and the state twice went to former President Donald Trump, but Murphy told CNN on Wednesday she "firmly" believes that "Florida is not a red state, it's a hard state. You have to have the right money, message, and machine to compete and after a few disappointing election cycles, it's clear that we've fallen short."

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.