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Hillary for America spends $50K on late media buy for Florida's U.S. Senate race

U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy joins Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as she holds a early voting rally at the Omni Auditorium on the Broward College North Campus in Coconut Creek, Florida on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy joins Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as she holds a early voting rally at the Omni Auditorium on the Broward College North Campus in Coconut Creek, Florida on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

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Five days before Election Day, the campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton dumped $50,000 into a media buy for Florida's U.S. Senate race -- both in support of Democrat Patrick Murphy and against Republican incumbent Marco Rubio.

The expense on Thursday by "Hillary for America" was reported late Friday in a disclosure report to the Federal Election Commission, according to ProPublica's FEC Itemizer, which tracks campaign finance filings.

This marks the first time Clinton's campaign has put any direct funding behind Murphy, the Democratic Party's long-time hope tasked with unseating Rubio.

Last month, Clinton's campaign said it would be sending $6 million in all to help down-ballot Democrats in key swing states. However, it wasn't revealed at that time whether Murphy would benefit from that or by how much.

It was not immediately clear what Clinton's money would exactly be used for in the final days of Murphy's campaign. (Fifty grand can't buy a lot of TV time in a state like Florida, where ad slots are expensive.)

Clinton has helped elevate Murphy's candidacy in the past few weeks, as polls showed the two-term Jupiter congressman continued to struggle with statewide name recognition against the nationally known Rubio even as Election Day drew closer.

Since mid-October, Murphy has spoken at several of Clinton's campaign rallies in Florida -- including a handful this week -- sometimes ahead of Clinton herself and other times ahead of high-profile surrogates, like President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden or vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine.

[Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2016 12:20am]

    

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