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Pro-Murphy super PAC duplicates ad touting Obama-Biden endorsement

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August

In case Floridians haven't heard yet that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have endorsed Democrat Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate, a pro-Murphy super PAC is airing an ad this week to drive that point home.

The 30-second spot from "Floridians for a Strong Middle Class" might seem familiar to some Floridians. It's exactly the same as one launched two weeks ago by the Democrats' Senate Majority PAC.

It's the third such ad run in as many weeks that has touted Obama's and Biden's endorsement of Murphy, a Jupiter congressman. In the Murphy campaign's first TV ad last month, Obama appeared in person to sing Murphy's praises.

Murphy is relying heavily on the Obama-Biden endorsement ahead of the Aug. 30 primary where he'll face fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando and former naval officer and labor attorney Pam Keith of Miami. Former assistant U.S. attorney Reginald Luster of Jacksonville and California real estate developer "Rocky" Roque De La Fuente of Orlando are also running.

"Floridians for a Strong Middle Class" is spending $520,000 on the ad buy -- which is more than 60 percent of the group's most recently reported cash on hand. The super PAC reported having $812,000 in the bank, as of June 30. Super PACs aren't subject to campaign contribution limits and cannot directly coordinate with a candidate's campaign.

"Republicans are scared of running against Patrick Murphy; they know he's the strongest candidate against (Republican incumbent) Marco Rubio so they're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to distort his record before the Democratic primary," Ashley Walker, a representative for the super PAC, said in a statement.

[Last modified: Monday, August 1, 2016 10:00am]

    

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