Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who decided to seek a second term after launching a failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination, was re-elected Tuesday.

Rubio defeated Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy, a two-term congressman with a reputation as a moderate.

Rubio sought a second term with just two days before the deadline to make the ballot and after repeatedly saying he would not seek re-election.

“Let’s say this is a lot better than the last time I did one of these,” he joked with supporters, referring to his failed presidential campaign earlier this year.

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