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Congressional Hispanic Caucus backs Patrick Murphy

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus' BOLD political action committee has endorsed Democrat Patrick Murphy in Florida's U.S. Senate race.

U.S. Reps. Tony Cardenas and Juan Vargas, both of California, made the announcement on behalf of the caucus this morning on a conference call with Murphy and reporters.

They praised Murphy, a congressman from Jupiter, for his desire to raise the minimum wage, pursue comprehensive immigration reform and make higher education more affordable.

Cardenas, the caucus chairman, said the caucus did not ever consider endorsing Murphy's primary opponent -- fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.

"As far as we can tell, Alan Grayson did not petition to be considered in our process and Patrick Murphy did," Cardenas said, adding that the 27-member caucus endorsed Murphy unanimously.

North Palm Beach attorney Pam Keith is also running in the Aug. 30 primary for the Democrats. Five Republicans are running in the GOP primary that same day.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:06am]


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