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Poll: Marco Rubio 44%, Patrick Murphy 38% after Trump tape leak

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy

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Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy

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A fresh poll from Public Policy Polling released Friday afternoon has Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio up 6 percentage points on Democrat Patrick Murphy, even after Rubio re-affirmed his support for Donald Trump after the controversial "Access Hollywood" tape was leaked last week.

The poll, done Oct. 12-13, found Rubio with 44 percent support, compared to 38 percent support for Murphy. Libertarian Paul Stanton had 6 percent support and 12 percent were undecided.

In a head-to-head match up, Rubio led Murphy, 48 percent to 43 percent, with 9 percent undecided.

The Democratic-leaning PPP surveyed 985 likely voters for results with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Respondents were also asked about Rubio's decision to stand by Trump, and the results were split.

About 39 percent said they were less likely to vote for Rubio, 32 percent said it made them more likely to support him, and 25 percent said it didn't make a difference. Four percent weren't sure.

PPP's previous poll of the Senate contest -- in late September -- had Rubio leading Murphy by 7 percentage points, 42 percent to 35 percent.

[Last modified: Friday, October 14, 2016 5:32pm]

    

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