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Report: FBI investigating donor scheme tied to Patrick Murphy

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The FBI is investigating an alleged illegal donation scheme involving Rep. Patrick Murphy, according to a new report. The Hill reported Tuesday that FBI is investigating a scheme involving a wealthy Saudi family that supports Murphy. According to the report, the Hill found no evidence Murphy was involved in the alleged scheme, and the campaign declined to say whether he was aware of the probe. “This complaint was written by a Republican super PAC willing to say anything to elect…

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New Florida poll: 28% of registered Republicans who already cast ballots voted for Hillary Clinton

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It’s an admittedly small sample, but a new poll shows that among the early and mail-in vote in Florida, 28 percent of registered Republicans already voted for Hillary Clinton. Conversely, only 6 percent of registered Democrats have voted for Donald Trump. That’s according to a TargetSmart/William & Mary survey. It also shows that with a week before the election, Clinton leads Trump 48 to 40 percent. That’s a dramatic contrast to several recent polls putting the race much closer.  The RealClearPolitics average in Florida now favors Trump by…

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Joni Ernst-affiliated PAC gives $5K to Brian Mast in CD 18

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Brian Mast, the Republican candidate in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, reported $8,700 in contributions in a new filing with the Federal Election Commission Monday, including $5,000 from a committee backing Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst. Mast is running against self-funding Democrat Randy Perkins for the seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is running for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat. Ernst, elected in 2014, has become a major player in GOP politics and is best known for her annual “Roast…

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Bob Graham announces his support for fellow Democrat Bob Buesing’s state Senate bid

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With just eight days to go before the voting ends in Florida, state Senate District 18 Democratic hopeful Bob Buesing received some welcome news Monday when former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham endorsed him. “Bob Buesing is the right person to work across the aisle to address Florida’s challenges and get things done for the people of Senate District 18 in Tallahassee,” said Graham in a statement issued by the Buesing campaign early Monday. “I’m endorsing Bob because he’ll be a fresh voice in Tallahassee dedicated…

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Email insights: Patrick Murphy campaign ties Marco Rubio to Donald Trump in spooky scenario

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Rep. Patrick Murphy is hoping to give voters a scare this Halloween. In a Halloween-themed email, the Murphy campaign once again tried to tie Sen. Marco Rubio to GOP nominee Donald Trump. “Floridians in search of a fright this Halloween, need to look no further than the spineless senator and the orange monster he wants to make president,” the campaign said in an email. “There is no haunted houses scarier than the White House, with Donald Trump’s finger on the…

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Rick Scott says ‘there’s a clear choice’ in 2016 election

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With about a week until Election Day, Gov. Rick Scott remains confident Donald Trump come out on top. “I think Trump is going to win, and I think the reason he’s going to win is that there’s a clear choice,” he said following a stop in Fort Myers. “Even though we’ve added 1.2 million jobs since I got elected in 2010, it’s still the No. 1 issue in the country. He’s created jobs; he knows how to create jobs. She’s…

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Direct mail round-up: Jack Latvala reminds Pinellas voters what’s at stake this election

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A new mailer from Clearwater Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala offers a simple message: “This election is not just about Washington D.C.” Latvala’s mailer lets Pinellas County voters know what he believes is at stake this November — at both the state and local levels — with a handy voters’ guide for down-ballot races. “It’s also about Florida and Pinellas County!” he says. On the congressional level, the mailer suggests support for Republicans Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate and David Jolly for…

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