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Barack Obama signs fundraising email for Patrick Murphy

President Barack Obama is greeted by, from left, Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez upon arriving at Miami International Airport in early June.

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President Barack Obama is greeted by, from left, Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez upon arriving at Miami International Airport in early June.

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Patrick Murphy's U.S. Senate campaign sent out a fundraising plea to supporters today that was signed by President Barack Obama.

The text of the email -- sent just after 11:30 this morning -- largely mirrors a TV ad Obama did last month for the Democratic congressman from Jupiter.

"With all that's at stake, we need Patrick Murphy in the Senate. But he’ll need your help to get there," Obama's email reads. "Patrick stands up to Republicans on behalf of our shared values. It's why they're attacking him. They know he can win in November and help Democrats retake the Senate, and they’ll spare no expense to defeat him."

Murphy has relied heavily on the White House's support in his campaign for Republican Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate seat.

In the upcoming Aug. 30 Democratic primary -- where mail-in voting is underway -- Murphy faces U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando and Miami labor attorney and former naval officer Pam Keith. Former assistant U.S. attorney Reginald Luster of Jacksonville and California real estate developer "Rocky" Roque De La Fuente of Orlando are also on the Democratic ballot.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 11:47am]

    

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