Marco Rubio on NBC’s Meet the Press. (NBC’s Meet the Press)

The winds of 2016? Marco Rubio headed to Iowa

Tuesday’s election is already so…2012.

That’s why many are already looking forward to a 2016 election filled with intrigue and the prospect of heavy political hitters entering the fray.

With that in mind, the visit of Marco Rubio to Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, for the birthday fundraiser for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, is turning heads.

Rubio will headline the event in Altoona, Iowa on November 17.

Stephen Nuño, a Northern Arizona university political science professor and NBC Latino contributor, says Tuesday’s election results make a run for the presidency by Rubio more likely.

“Anyone who thinks Latinos won’t be an important part of the next Presidential election was asleep last Tuesday,” he says. “Romney made a mistake by not choosing Rubio to be his VP, and my guess is Rubio’s stock as a political candidate has shot way up in the minds of the GOP after Tuesday.”

With 75 percent of Latinos supporting President Obama‘s re-election, according to Latino Decisions, the Hispanic electorate will be a major focus for a changing Republican Party and Democrats seeking to keep Latinos squarely in their corner.

That means high-profile Latino politicians like Marco Rubio may get more than a cursory look on the national stage.

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