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What happens if anything when you turn the key to start the machine? Do you hear any noises? Clicks, buzzes.
When you jumped across the solenoid did you have the key in the on/run position, if not this would cause you to have no spark. If you did have it on then you have an ignition problem on the engine. It could be the ignition coil, points and/or condenser on older engines, a wire shorted out to ground that is keeping the engine from firing. What engine do you have? Can you provide the model and type or spec of the engine?
If you have no power coming to the switch then you either have a bad connection at the battery or solenoid, or you have a blown fuse. I would check the fuse first then go from there.