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Patrick Murphy campaign raised $1 million last month, has $4 million in bank

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Today, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy announced raising $1 million in the pre-primary FEC reporting period with $4 million cash-on-hand for his U.S. Senate campaign.

That’s in addition to the $800,000 his campaign already has pre-paid for TV commercials this fall.

“I continue to be humbled by the Floridians across our state who are standing with me in this election,” Murphy stated in a news release issued by his campaign. “It’s clear that hardworking Florida families are ready for a senator who shows up and works hard for them. Together, we will fight to strengthen the middle class, protect a woman’s right to choose, and defend Social Security and Medicare for our seniors. This election is about Florida families and I am so proud to have so many supporting our campaign.”

The latest federal filings show him with $3,994,000 in the bank. That’s far better than his Aug. 30 Democratic U.S. Senate primary opponents. The Federal Election Commission has not yet posted Aug. 10 numbers for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando. At the end of June he had $484,000. Miami lawyer Pam Keith had about $8,600 in the bank for the Aug. 10 report.

Keith and Murphy are celebrating some high-level endorsements this weekend. The Orlando Sentinel endorsed Murphy, rather than hometown candidate Grayson. The Miami Herald endorsed Keith.

Both papers, as have most others, endorsed incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican primary. Rubio reported having $4.6 million cash-on-hand on Aug. 10. The FEC also has not yet posted the latest numbers for Rubio’s Aug. 30 Republican U.S. Senate primary opponent Carlos Beruff. At the end of June, Beruff had $125,000 left. If Rubio and Murphy win their parties’ nominations, they’ll go forward from here about even in money.

“Our campaign continues to build momentum as we raise the resources we will need to defeat Marco Rubio,” said Murphy campaign manager Josh Wolf. “Patrick’s message is resonating strongly with Florida voters, and our campaign is well positioned to take on Marco Rubio in November.”

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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