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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Marco Rubio brings his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to Minnesota this week.

The Florida senator is scheduled to appear at a rally in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon, a week ahead of Minnesota's presidential preference caucuses. The state is one of 12 to take part in so-called Super Tuesday.

Rubio and Ted Cruz are battling to emerge as the strongest alternative to Donald Trump, who's fresh off a commanding victory in South Carolina.

And, with Jeb Bush gone from the race, Rubio is hoping to pick off past donors to the Bush campaign and looking to benefit from the end of negative ads run by the Bush campaign and its allies.