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Brown-Waite breaks ranks to endorse Rubio

In a coup for underdog Senate candidate Marco Rubio, he has received an endorsement from a sitting member of Congress: Republican U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite of Brooksville.

In a knock at the frontrunning Republican for the Senate, Gov. Charlie Crist, Brown-Waite said in a statement, "Originally, I had not planned to endorse in this race, but as the challenges facing our nation and Florida grow more severe, times demand someone willing to make hard choices. Washington needs leaders with solid conservative beliefs and the courage to do the right thing. Marco Rubio does not try to be all things to all people."

Brown-Waite's support gives Rubio a trophy to present at his appearance tonight at The Villages, a sprawling retirement community in central Florida that has become a must-stop for GOP candidates.