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National Democrats back to help Patrick Murphy but with less money



National Democrats are not quite giving up on Patrick Murphy afterall.

A super PAC connected to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is sending at least $1 million to Floridians for a Strong Middle Class, a Florida based super PAC helping Murphy, the Palm Beach County Democrat trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

The Senate Majority PAC made a “seven figure transfer” to the Murphy PAC, said Shripal Shah, spokesman for The Senate Majority PAC.

“This race is closing,” Shah said.

The move comes about three weeks after the Senate Majority Committee cancelled $6 million in tv ad time they had reserved for the final weeks of the election. And last week the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced they were pulling back about $2 million reserved to help Murphy in the final week.

Whether the race is closing or not is disputable. Four polls released since Oct. 18 showed the race ranged from being a 4 point race favoring Rubio to a full out tie between the two. But on Wednesday a Bloomberg Politics poll showed Rubio with a 10 point lead.

If history is any indicator, the race is headed for a tight finish. The last two races for governor in 2010 and 2014, plus the presidential race in 2012, all had the winner surviving by 1.2 percent or less. And Rubio in 2010 won the seat for the first time while capturing just 48.9 percent of the vote in a three way contest with Democrat Kendrick Meek and then-independent Charlie Crist.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2016 8:41pm]


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