The last-week moves today by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis to seek re-elections will have the backing of a group that played a major role in getting each of them elected in the first place.

The Club Growth PAC, a conservative economics committee, had strongly backed both of them in the past and was backing DeSantis in his now-aborted U.S. Senate run. But with Rubio entering and DeSantis moving back to Florida’s 6th Congressional District, the club quickly embraced them again.

“With today’s announcement by Senator Rubio and the anticipation that Rep. DeSantis will run again in FL-06, we are committed to the re-election of both of these pro-growth candidates,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “They will remain leaders in their respective chambers, and we believe Rep. DeSantis clearly has great potential for a run at the Senate in 2018.”

The club funneled more than $400,000 into Rubio’s campaigns, and more than $200,000 into DeSantis’s campaigns, to date, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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