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Roque De La Fuente

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Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente is a Republican candidate for president of the United States in 2020.

De La Fuente was a 2018 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming. He was defeated in those states' primary elections. The United States Constitution does not establish specific residency requirements for United States senators, stipulating only that a senator must be an "inhabitant of the state for which he shall be chosen." Residency requirements vary by state.

De La Fuente was a 2016 Reform Party candidate for president of the United States. He previously sought the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. De La Fuente was also a 2016 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Florida.

De La Fuente was born in San Diego, California, in 1954. He studied physics and mathematics at Instituto Patria and business administration and accounting at Anáhuac University and the University of San Diego. After his studies, De La Fuente entered the car dealers industry, beginning as a salesman and eventually acquiring 28 car franchises in California.

He then transitioned to the financial industry and real estate development, opening 11 currency exchanges, three banks, and assisted living facilities in Los Angeles and Lemon Grove. De La Fuente also owns properties throughout California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. He served as an at-large delegate for California at the Democratic National Convention in 1992. De La Fuente has five children.

Elections

2018

U.S. Senate California

General election
General election for U.S. Senate California

Incumbent Dianne Feinstein (D) defeated Kevin de León (D) in the general election for U.S. Senate California on November 6, 2018.

Dianne Feinstein (D)
54.2%
6,019,422 Votes

Kevin de León (D)
45.8%
5,093,942 Votes

Total votes: 11,113,364

Primary election
Primary for U.S. Senate California

The following candidates ran in the primary for U.S. Senate California on June 5, 2018.

Dianne Feinstein (D)
44.2%
2,947,035 Votes

Kevin de León (D)
12.1%
805,446 Votes

James P. Bradley (R)
8.3%
556,252 Votes

Arun Bhumitra (R)
5.3%
350,815 Votes

Paul Taylor (R)
4.9%
323,533 Votes

Erin Cruz (R)
4.0%
267,494 Votes

Tom Palzer (R)
3.1%
205,183 Votes

Alison Hartson (D)
2.2%
147,061 Votes

Roque De La Fuente (R)
2.0%
135,278 Votes

Pat Harris (D)
1.9%
126,947 Votes

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John Crew (R)
1.4%
93,806 Votes

Patrick Little (R)
1.3%
89,867 Votes

Kevin Mottus (R)
1.3%
87,646 Votes

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Jerry Laws (R)
1.0%
67,140 Votes

Derrick Michael Reid (L)
0.9%
59,999 Votes

Adrienne Nicole Edwards (D)
0.8%
56,172 Votes

Douglas Howard Pierce (D)
0.6%
42,671 Votes

Mario Nabliba (R)
0.6%
39,209 Votes

David Hildebrand (D)
0.5%
30,305 Votes

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Donnie Turner (D)
0.5%
30,101 Votes

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Herbert Peters (D)
0.4%
27,468 Votes

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David Moore (Independent)
0.4%
24,614 Votes

Ling Shi (Independent)
0.4%
23,506 Votes

John Thompson Parker (Peace and Freedom Party)
0.3%
22,825 Votes

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Lee Olson (Independent)
0.3%
20,393 Votes

Gerald Plummer (D)
0.3%
18,234 Votes

Jason Hanania (Independent)
0.3%
18,171 Votes

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Don Grundmann (Independent)
0.2%
15,125 Votes

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Colleen Shea Fernald (Independent)
0.2%
13,536 Votes

Rash Bihari Ghosh (Independent)
0.2%
12,557 Votes

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Tim Gildersleeve (Independent)
0.1%
8,482 Votes

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Michael Fahmy Girgis (Independent)
0.0%
2,986 Votes

Total votes: 6,669,857

U.S. Senate Minnesota

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Minnesota

Incumbent Amy Klobuchar (D) defeated Jim Newberger (R), Dennis Schuller (Legal Marijuana Now Party), and Paula Overby (G) in the general election for U.S. Senate Minnesota on November 6, 2018.

Amy Klobuchar (D)
60.3%
1,566,174 Votes

Jim Newberger (R)
36.2%
940,437 Votes

Dennis Schuller (Legal Marijuana Now Party)
2.6%
66,236 Votes

Paula Overby (G)
0.9%
23,101 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.0%
931 Votes

Total votes: 2,596,879
(100.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota

Incumbent Amy Klobuchar defeated Steve Carlson, Stephen Emery, David Robert Groves, and Leonard Richards in the democratic primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota on August 14, 2018.

Amy Klobuchar (D)
95.7%
557,306 Votes

Steve Carlson (D)
1.7%
9,934 Votes

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Stephen Emery (D)
1.2%
7,047 Votes

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David Robert Groves (D)
0.8%
4,511 Votes

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Leonard Richards (D)
0.6%
3,552 Votes

Total votes: 582,350

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota

Jim Newberger defeated Merrill Anderson, Rae Hart Anderson, and Roque De La Fuente in the republican primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota on August 14, 2018.

Jim Newberger (R)
69.5%
201,531 Votes

Merrill Anderson (R)
15.7%
45,492 Votes

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Rae Hart Anderson (R)
8.9%
25,883 Votes

Roque De La Fuente (R)
5.9%
17,051 Votes

Total votes: 289,957

U.S. Senate Delaware

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Delaware

Incumbent Tom Carper (D) defeated Robert Arlett (R), Demitri Theodoropoulos (G), and Nadine Frost (L) in the general election for U.S. Senate Delaware on November 6, 2018.

Tom Carper (D)
60.0%
217,385 Votes

Robert Arlett (R)
37.8%
137,127 Votes

Demitri Theodoropoulos (G)
1.2%
4,170 Votes

Nadine Frost (L)
1.1%
3,910 Votes

Total votes: 362,592
(100.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Delaware

Incumbent Tom Carper defeated Kerri Evelyn Harris in the democratic primary for U.S. Senate Delaware on September 6, 2018.

Tom Carper (D)
64.6%
53,635 Votes

Kerri Evelyn Harris (D)
35.4%
29,407 Votes

Total votes: 83,042

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Delaware

Robert Arlett defeated Gene Truono and Roque De La Fuente in the republican primary for U.S. Senate Delaware on September 6, 2018.

Robert Arlett (R)
66.8%
25,284 Votes

Gene Truono (R)
28.0%
10,588 Votes

Roque De La Fuente (R)
5.3%
1,998 Votes

Total votes: 37,870

U.S. Senate Florida

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Florida

Rick Scott (R) defeated incumbent Bill Nelson (D) in the general election for U.S. Senate Florida on November 6, 2018.

Rick Scott (R)
50.1%
4,099,505 Votes

Bill Nelson (D)
49.9%
4,089,472 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.0%
1,028 Votes

Total votes: 8,190,005
(99.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Florida

Incumbent Bill Nelson advanced from the democratic primary for U.S. Senate Florida on August 28, 2018.

Bill Nelson (D)

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Florida

Rick Scott defeated Roque De La Fuente in the republican primary for U.S. Senate Florida on August 28, 2018.

Rick Scott (R)
88.6%
1,456,187 Votes

Roque De La Fuente (R)
11.4%
187,209 Votes

Total votes: 1,643,396

U.S. Senate Rhode Island

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Rhode Island

Incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse (D) defeated Robert Flanders Jr. (R) in the general election for U.S. Senate Rhode Island on November 6, 2018.

Sheldon Whitehouse (D)
61.4%
231,477 Votes

Robert Flanders Jr. (R)
38.3%
144,421 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.2%
840 Votes

Total votes: 376,738

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Rhode Island

Incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse defeated Patricia Fontes in the democratic primary for U.S. Senate Rhode Island on September 12, 2018.

Sheldon Whitehouse (D)
76.8%
89,140 Votes

Patricia Fontes (D)
23.2%
26,947 Votes

Total votes: 116,087

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Rhode Island

Robert Flanders Jr. defeated Roque De La Fuente in the republican primary for U.S. Senate Rhode Island on September 12, 2018.

Robert Flanders Jr. (R)
87.7%
26,543 Votes

Roque De La Fuente (R)
12.3%
3,722 Votes

Total votes: 30,265

U.S. Senate Hawaii

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Hawaii

Incumbent Mazie K. Hirono (D) defeated Ron Curtis (R) in the general election for U.S. Senate Hawaii on November 6, 2018.

Mazie K. Hirono (D)
71.2%
276,316 Votes

Ron Curtis (R)
28.8%
112,035 Votes

Total votes: 388,351
(100.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Hawaii

Incumbent Mazie K. Hirono advanced from the democratic primary for U.S. Senate Hawaii on August 11, 2018.

Mazie K. Hirono (D)
100%
201,604 Votes

Total votes: 201,604

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Hawaii

The following candidates ran in the republican primary for U.S. Senate Hawaii on August 11, 2018.

Ron Curtis (R)
23.7%
6,370 Votes

Consuelo Anderson (R)
19.3%
5,166 Votes

Robert Helsham (R)
14.9%
3,988 Votes

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Thomas White (R)
13.6%
3,657 Votes

Roque De La Fuente (R)
11.4%
3,060 Votes

George Berish (R)
6.2%
1,658 Votes

Michael Hodgkiss (R)
5.9%
1,575 Votes

Eddie Pirkowski (R)
5.1%
1,357 Votes

Total votes: 26,831

U.S. Senate Wyoming

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Wyoming

Incumbent John Barrasso (R) defeated Gary Trauner (D) and Joe Porambo (L) in the general election for U.S. Senate Wyoming on November 6, 2018.

John Barrasso (R)
67.0%
136,210 Votes

Gary Trauner (D)
30.1%
61,227 Votes

Joe Porambo (L)
2.8%
5,658 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.2%
325 Votes

Total votes: 203,420

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Wyoming

Gary Trauner advanced from the democratic primary for U.S. Senate Wyoming on August 21, 2018.

Gary Trauner (D)
100%
17,562 Votes

Total votes: 17,562

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Wyoming

The following candidates ran in the republican primary for U.S. Senate Wyoming on August 21, 2018.

John Barrasso (R)
65.0%
74,292 Votes

David Dodson (R)
28.6%
32,647 Votes

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John Holtz (R)
2.6%
2,981 Votes

Charlie Hardy (R)
1.9%
2,184 Votes

Roque De La Fuente (R)
1.1%
1,280 Votes

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Anthony Van Risseghem (R)
0.7%
844 Votes

Total votes: 114,228

U.S. Senate Washington

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Washington

Incumbent Maria Cantwell (D) defeated Susan Hutchison (R) in the general election for U.S. Senate Washington on November 6, 2018.

Maria Cantwell (D)
58.4%
1,803,364 Votes

Susan Hutchison (R)
41.6%
1,282,804 Votes

Total votes: 3,086,168

Primary election
Primary for U.S. Senate Washington

The following candidates ran in the primary for U.S. Senate Washington on August 7, 2018.

Maria Cantwell (D)
54.7%
929,961 Votes

Susan Hutchison (R)
24.3%
413,317 Votes

Keith Swank (R)
2.3%
39,818 Votes

Joseph Gibson (R)
2.3%
38,676 Votes

Clint Tannehill (D)
2.1%
35,770 Votes

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David R. Bryant (R)
2.0%
33,962 Votes

Arthur Coday Jr. (R)
1.8%
30,654 Votes

Jennifer Ferguson (Independent)
1.5%
25,224 Votes

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Tim Owen (R)
1.4%
23,167 Votes

Matt Hawkins (R)
0.8%
13,324 Votes

Don Rivers (D)
0.7%
12,634 Votes

Mike Luke (L)
0.7%
12,302 Votes

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Glen Stockwell (R)
0.7%
11,611 Votes

Thor Amundson (Independent)
0.6%
9,393 Votes

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Mohammad Said (D)
0.5%
8,649 Votes

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Matthew Heines (R)
0.5%
7,737 Votes

Steve Hoffman (Freedom Socialist Party)
0.4%
7,390 Votes

GoodSpaceGuy (R)
0.4%
7,057 Votes

John Orlinski (R)
0.4%
6,905 Votes

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David Lee Strider (Independent)
0.4%
6,821 Votes

Roque De La Fuente (R)
0.3%
5,724 Votes

James Robert Deal (G)
0.2%
3,849 Votes

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Sam Wright (The Human Rights Party)
0.2%
3,761 Votes

Brad Chase (FDFR Party)
0.2%
2,655 Votes

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George Kalberer (D)
0.1%
2,448 Votes

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Charlie Jackson (Independent)
0.1%
2,411 Votes

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RC Smith (R)
0.1%
2,238 Votes

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Jon Butler (Independent)
0.1%
2,016 Votes

Alex Tsimerman (StandupAmerica Party)
0.1%
1,366 Votes

Total votes: 1,700,840

U.S. Senate Vermont

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Vermont

The following candidates ran in the general election for U.S. Senate Vermont on November 6, 2018.

Bernie Sanders (Independent)
67.3%
183,649 Votes

Lawrence Zupan (R)
27.4%
74,663 Votes

Brad Peacock (Independent)
1.4%
3,787 Votes

Russell Beste (Independent)
1.0%
2,763 Votes

Edward Gilbert Jr. (Independent)
0.8%
2,244 Votes

Folasade Adeluola (Independent)
0.7%
1,979 Votes

Jon Svitavsky (Independent)
0.5%
1,280 Votes

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Reid Kane (Liberty Union Party)
0.4%
1,171 Votes

Bruce Busa (Independent)
0.3%
914 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.1%
294 Votes

Total votes: 272,744

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Vermont

Incumbent Bernie Sanders defeated Folasade Adeluola in the democratic primary for U.S. Senate Vermont on August 14, 2018.

Bernie Sanders (D)
94.4%
63,322 Votes

Folasade Adeluola (D)
5.6%
3,748 Votes

Total votes: 67,070

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Vermont

H. Brooke Paige defeated Lawrence Zupan, Jasdeep Pannu, and Roque De La Fuente in the republican primary for U.S. Senate Vermont on August 14, 2018.

H. Brooke Paige (R)
39.6%
9,805 Votes

Lawrence Zupan (R)
37.9%
9,383 Votes

Jasdeep Pannu (R)
18.3%
4,527 Votes

Roque De La Fuente (R)
4.3%
1,057 Votes

Total votes: 24,772


2016

Presidency

De La Fuente entered the presidential race on October 1, 2015. On December 31, 2015, he qualified for the Ohio Democratic primary ballot, joining Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. He also qualified for North Carolina's primary after collecting more than 10,000 verified signatures. As of January 12, 2016, De La Fuente said he has qualified to appear on "more than 20" ballots.

In January 2016, De La Fuente's campaign accused Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz of blocking De La Fuente from participating in debates through her influence on "the mainstream media." It also said that Florida officials had "resolved, behind doors, to exclude" him from Florida's primary.

On August 9, 2016, the Reform Party selected De La Fuente as its nominee for president.

Senate

The race for Florida's U.S. Senate seat was one of nine competitive battleground races in 2016 that that helped Republicans maintain control of the Senate. Incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R) defeated U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D), Iraq war veteran Paul Stanton (L), and nine independent and write-in candidates in the general election, which took place on November 8, 2016. According to Politico, Rubio was “the first Republican senator from the Sunshine State ever to win reelection in a presidential election year.”

The heated race was full of personal attacks. Rubio called Murphy "hyper-partisan," "a rubber stamp for, God forbid, a Clinton presidency," and accused him of fabricating his qualifications. A CBS Miami report questioned Murphy's claims of being a certified public accountant and small business owner. Murphy's campaign called the report "deeply false."

Murphy attacked Rubio for missing votes and abandoning Florida voters while campaigning for president. During an interview, he said, "Sen. Rubio has the worst vote attendance record of any Florida senator in nearly 50 years," a statement PolitiFact rated as "mostly true." He also accused Rubio of being a political opportunist. Murphy's spokeswoman Galia Slayen said, "Marco Rubio is willing to abandon his responsibility to Floridians and hand over our country's national security to Donald Trump, as long as it advances his own political career."

In his victory speech, Rubio said, “[I] hope that I and my colleagues as we return to work in Washington D.C. can set a better example how political discourse should exist in this country. And I know people feel betrayed and you have a right to. Every major institution in our society has failed us — the media, the government, big business, Wall Street, academia — they have all failed us. So people are so frustrated and angry. But we must channel that anger and frustration into something positive. Let it move us forward as energy to confront and solve our challenges and our problems.”

U.S. Senate, Florida General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarco Rubio Incumbent 52% 4,835,191
Democratic Patrick Murphy 44.3% 4,122,088
Libertarian Paul Stanton 2.1% 196,956
Independent Bruce Nathan 0.6% 52,451
Independent Tony Khoury 0.5% 45,820
Independent Steven Machat 0.3% 26,918
Independent Basil Dalack 0.2% 22,236
N/A Write-in 0% 160
Total Votes 9,301,820
Source: Florida Division of Elections

U.S. Senate, Florida Republican Primary, 2016

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarco Rubio Incumbent 72% 1,029,830
Carlos Beruff 18.5% 264,427
Dwight Young 6.4% 91,082
Ernie Rivera 3.2% 45,153
Total Votes 1,430,492
Source: Florida Division of Elections

U.S. Senate, Florida Democratic Primary, 2016

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Murphy 58.9% 665,985
Alan Grayson 17.7% 199,929
Pam Keith 15.4% 173,919
Roque De La Fuente 5.4% 60,810
Reginald Luster 2.6% 29,138
Total Votes 1,129,781
Source: Florida Division of Elections

U.S. Senate, Florida Libertarian Primary, 2016

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Stanton 73.5% 2,946
Augustus Invictus Sol 26.5% 1,063
Total Votes 4,009
Source: Florida Division of Elections