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Report: With Rubio 'running strong,' Koch brothers pull back money

Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

Jose A. Iglesias / El Nuevo Herald

Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio



A spokesman for the billionaire Koch brothers told The Hill on Wednesday that Charles and David Koch are pulling back on their financial assistance to Marco Rubio's re-election campaign.

The Hill reports the Koch brothers cancelled more than a half million dollars in Florida advertising intended to help the incumbent Republican U.S. senator for the week following the state's Aug. 30 primary.


Because "Rubio is running strong in Florida," Koch network spokesman James Davis told the newspaper.

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This comes two weeks after the Rothenberg-Gonzales Political Report changed its assessment of Florida's Senate race from "pure toss-up" to leaning in Rubio's favor.

Polls have shown Rubio with a healthy lead in his primary against Carlos Beruff and with an edge over both of the leading Democratic candidates, U.S. Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson, in general election match-ups.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:50am]


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