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2016 Florida U.S. Senate race

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…

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Patrick Murphy accuses Marco Rubio of ‘cowardice’ for not standing up to Donald Trump

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Marco Rubio issued a tweet Friday night condemning Donald Trump for his sexually lewd comments that surfaced from a 2005 video, but that’s not good enough for Patrick Murphy, his Democratic opponent in next month’s U.S. Senate race in Florida. “Florida women and families deserve better than a tweet,” Murphy said on a conference call Monday morning. “We’ve seen Marco Rubio play this game before, through the months of Donald Trump demonizing immigrants and Muslims, attacking a Gold Star family, or lodging racist or misogynist attacks, Marco Rubio…

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Patrick Murphy campaign gets million-dollar boost, as father cuts check to Senate super PAC

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Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy received another financial bump to his U.S. Senate campaign this week in the form of a million-dollar check from his father to a Senate super PAC. The Hill reports Florida homebuilder Thomas Murphy gave $1 million to the Senate Majority PAC, the largest donation the Harry Reid-linked committee received in July. The elder Murphy had also made a six-figure super PAC contribution supporting his son’s successful 2012 congressional campaign. Two days after the July donation, Senate Majority…

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Joe Henderson: No, Patrick Murphy, you’re not an immigrant

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By now, candidates surely must know that everything they say will be instantly analyzed, dissected and, most importantly, fact-checked to make sure they are not fibbing. Outfits like PolitiFact and FactCheck make their living by exposing politicians who are challenged by the truth. So I can’t understand why any serious candidate would risk the wrath of the truth-sayers and allow themselves to labeled as liars. Consider Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy, for instance. For context, consider that the latest…

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Despite abuse claims, Alan Grayson staying in Florida Senate race

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Democratic leaders want Rep. Alan Grayson to go away. His ex-wife says he’s abusive. Ethics questions dog him. Yet the liberal lawmaker is refusing to drop his bid for the U.S. Senate, potentially upending party hopes that moderate Rep. Patrick Murphy will emerge as the nominee against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Grayson is counting on the party’s most faithful to ignore the negative headlines and look at his record of being a champion of liberal values, as opposed to Murphy,…

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera super PAC highlights Marco Rubio’s support

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The fundraising committee backing U.S. Senate hopeful Carlos Lopez-Cantera is assuring his supporters the lieutenant governor has the backing of Marco Rubio. In an email to supporters Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Reform Washington, the super PAC backing Lopez-Cantera, said Rubio “put the rampant rumors that he was reconsidering running for his Senate seat to rest.” The email then pointed to several recent articles, including a story by Heatstreet contributor Sarah Rumpf, that said Rubio was making fundraising calls for Lopez-Cantera.…

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera takes aim at Alan Grayson, Patrick Murphy over Zika vote

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s campaign is slamming two Florida Democrats over their no votes on the Zika Vector Control Act. In a memo Thursday, Courtney Alexander, a spokeswoman for the lieutenant governor’s U.S. Senate campaign, slammed Democrats Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy over their decision to vote against the proposal. Both congressmen are battling it out for their party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate. “With over 500 cases of Zika confirmed in the United States, and over 100 of those cases here in…

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