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Poll: Marco Rubio continues lead over Patrick Murphy

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 new poll from Public Policy Polling shows Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio potentially growing his lead over Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy.

The survey of 826 likely voters this week found Rubio with 42 percent support, while Murphy had 35 percent and Libertarian Paul Stanton had 9 percent. About 15 percent were undecided. (The four independent candidates who will also be on the ballot weren't included in the poll.)

The 7-point gap is wider for Rubio when compared to PPP's last survey of Florida's U.S. Senate race a few weeks ago, when it was a virtual toss-up.

In a direct head-to-head between Rubio and Murphy, the newest poll found the pair were within the margin of error: Rubio had 47 percent to Murphy's 44 percent, with 9 percent unsure.

The poll results had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent. The survey was done Sept. 27-28.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:21am]

    

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