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One person happy to see a crowded congressional primary in South Florida? Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio says he's not ready to make an endorsement in the congressional race for Mario Diaz-Balart's seat -- not that anyone has officially yet thrown a hat in -- but it's widely assumed he'll be backing his top lieutenant, David Rivera -- one of a half dozen or so Miami-Dade politicians who are interested in the seat.

"We'll see who runs," Rubio, the new darling of political conservatives said Thursday. "It's no secret of the fact that David Rivera is a close friend and a big supporter of mine and I of his, but we'll wait and see what decision he makes first."

(Rivera quipped today he's on a "listening tour.") Still, Rubio couldn't help but smile at the thought of a crowded GOP field.

"Boy, I would hate to see a heavy turnout in Miami-Dade for the Republican primary," said Senate candidate Rubio, who will be on the ballot in the Republican primary against Gov. Charlie Crist.