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Patrick Murphy votes early for August primary

Patrick Murphy talks to Palm Beach County media on Wednesday after voting early for the Aug. 30 primary.

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Patrick Murphy talks to Palm Beach County media on Wednesday after voting early for the Aug. 30 primary.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy took advantage of Florida's early voting by casting his primary ballot today at a polling site in Palm Beach Gardens.

The two-term congressman lives in Jupiter. Murphy invited local media to observe him this morning.

"I'm proud to cast my vote in Florida's primary election and grateful for the grassroots support our campaign has received from across the state," Murphy said in a statement afterward.

Early voting began in 24 counties last week and in all other counties this week. It ends this weekend.

Polls have shown Murphy leading the Democratic field in Tuesday's primary. He 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.

Both Murphy and Grayson are keeping relatively low profiles this week, with a handful of appearances announced by each. Keith has embarked on a statewide tour to meet with voters in the final week before the primary.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:45am]

    

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