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Marco Rubio Gets Little Backing in Florida for 2016 Bid

A new poll shows U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., does not garner much support in his home state of Florida if he runs for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

A poll of likely voters in Florida from Rasmussen Reports, released on Thursday, shows a majority of those surveyed -- 52 percent -- think Rubio should not run for the presidency in 2016 while only 21 percent think he should. Asked if they will vote for Rubio if he becomes the Republican nominee in 2016, only 32 percent say they will back him while 48 percent say they will not.

The poll finds Rubio is above water in his current post, with 45 percent seeing him as favorable while 43 percent see him as unfavorable.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is in better shape in the poll, with 48 percent viewing him as favorable and 36 percent seeing him in an unfavorable light.

The poll of 750 likely Florida voters was taken from April 21-22 and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

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