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Pals Rubio, Rivera to host parties in same hotel

They share a similar trajectory, both running for state and federal office at the same time; some of the same goals for the country; and a foreclosure lawsuit in a home they own together in Tallahassee.

Now Republicans Marco Rubio and David Rivera have one more thing in common: a hotel to host their victory parties Tuesday night.

The two friends will be at the Doubletree Miami Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave., celebrating their expected wins in the GOP primary -- though their separate parties will be held in different rooms and start at different times.

Rubio is running for U.S. Senate; Rivera for U.S. House. Both candidates began their legislative careers in 2002, when they were elected to represent neighboring districts in the Florida House.

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