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New poll shows Patrick Murphy, Marco Rubio tied after Democrat’s post-debate surge

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The Patrick Murphy campaign touted a new poll Friday showing the Democratic congressman tied with Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio among Florida voters.

The Opinion Savvy poll shows both candidates with 46 percent among likely voters, with 8 percent of respondents undecided.

The numbers are a two point jump for Murphy compared to Opinion Savvy’s previous poll from Oct. 12.

The Murphy camp also touted an endorsement from “Rubio’s hometown paper,” the Miami Herald, and a new Spanish-language ad featuring Murphy and President Barack Obama.

Despite ceding some ground to Murphy, Rubio is still polling above Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who had 45 percent support in the poll compared to 49 percent for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein took less than 5 percent of the vote combined, with 1.5 percent of those polled still undecided on the presidential race.

About 22 percent of respondents said they had already voted, with the bulk of the rest saying they would definitely cast a ballot this cycle.

The Opinion Savvy poll contacted 538 likely voters through mobile and landline phones on Oct. 20, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percent with 95 percent confidence.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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