Lopez Cantera offers to step aside if Marco Rubio enters U.S. Senate race

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who is running for the U.S. Senate, has sent out an email to supporters stating that he would step aside if his friend Sen. Marco Rubio made the decision to run for re-election.

When Rubio announced his presidential candidacy last year, he said that he would not run for the seat if he did win the GOP presidential nomination. Lopez-Cantera said he has asked Sen. Rubio to reconsider his decision and enter the senate race.

“The decision is his and his alone to make,” wrote Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera. “As friends for 20 years, this race is so much bigger than the two of us, and, as you have heard me say on the trail, this race isn’t about an individual, this race is about Florida and the future of our country.”

He said he is still in this race and nothing has changed, but said, “However, if Marco decides to enter this race, I will not be filing the paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate.”