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Beruff trying to challenge idea that only Rubio can save the Senate for Republicans

Senate candidate Carlos Beruff sent a blast email to his supporters today trying to battle the perception created in part by national Republicans, that only U.S.Sen. Marco Rubio has a chance of holding the seat for Republicans.

"They claim that Marco Rubio is the only candidate who can beat Patrick Murphy," Beruff's campaign manager Matt Parker says in the email. "But that’s just not the case."

To prove that point, Beruff's campaign is releasing select parts of an internal poll that they say shows a toss-up race with Murphy, the Democratic Congressman who has won public endorsements from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. In the poll of 800 people from June 26-28, 40 percent of likely voters said they would pick Beruff and 42 percent said they would pick Murphy, according to Parker. The polls margin of error is 3.46 percent, putting Beruff and Murphy in the margin of error.

Parker is imploring supporters to donate to the Beruff's campaign to help him get his message out, acknowledging that three quarters of Floridians still don't know who he is, even after Beruff has spent about $5 million on television ads around the state.

"We need to fight back and make sure everyone in Florida knows that Carlos is the candidate who will stand up to the Washington establishment, not be controlled by them," Parker says in the email.

Missing from his appeal is how far behind Beruff is behind Rubio. A Bay News 9 poll released two weeks ago showed Rubio with a huge lead over Beruff. While 63 percent said they would vote for Rubio, just 11 percent said they would vote for Beruff.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 5:20pm]


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