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Patrick Murphy raises $750,000 in just over a week after announcing his candidacy for Senate

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South Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has been a declared candidate for the U.S. Senate for all of 10 days, but he was able to raise $750,000 since his announcement, his campaign team announced this morning.

Combined with his previous fundraising for his congressional seat, Murphy announced that his campaign raised over $1.25 million in the first fundraising quarter of 2015, ending the period with $1.6 million cash on hand.

“I am overwhelmed by the enormous support we’re receiving from Floridians across the state,” said Murphy in  a statement. “Americans are tired of the hyper-partisanship and constant bickering in the Senate that has led to an unprecedented amount of gridlock, which is keeping us from strengthening the middle class and protecting Social Security and Medicare. We need fresh, new leadership for Florida, and I’m humbled by the trust so many people across the state are placing in me.”

“Patrick has received broad support from across Florida,” said Mandi Karp, finance director for Friends of Patrick Murphy. “Floridians are desperate for a senator who is ready to get to work on day one to solve the nation’s problems, and they know that Patrick has a record of getting things done for this state.”

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said earlier this week that she expects a contested Democratic primary, and speculation continues to center around Orlando U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson entering the contest. Grayson has shown the ability to raise large sums of money and is independently wealthy, which means it’s doubtful that Murphy’s fundraising totals would intimidate him at this early juncture from opting not to get into the race.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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