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Dems See Chance for Rubio to Be Defeated in Florida Senate Race

Dems See Chance for Rubio to Be Defeated in Florida Senate Race

 Patrick Murphy, Marco Rubio chat during a recent debate. (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 01 November 2016 11:37 AM

Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy sees a path to victory against Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

"Sen. Rubio's on defense. He doesn't want the job. He doesn't like the job. He views this as a consolation prize," Murphy said in a Politico report.

Rubio has not trailed in a public poll since he entered the race for his old Senate seat after his run at the presidency failed. Since then, Rubio and the Republican Party have portrayed Murphy as an easy win. Compounding the difficulty for Murphy, Democrats pulled most of their advertising money from Florida in the fall, sending it to less expensive states.

Now, Politico reports that Republicans appear worried that Republican candidate Donald Trump will drag down Rubio, who has continued to side with Trump when other Republicans have not.

In the final ad of the election, the Republicans' Senate Leadership Fund presented Murphy as "Party Boy Patrick," using old photos of him and attacking his effectiveness as a congressman.

"In a do-nothing Congress, Murphy's at the bottom of the barrel. Florida can't trust Phony Patrick Murphy," the ad's narrator said.

Two recent polls found Rubio in the lead, but Murphy leading among those who have already voted early or plan to do so. Rubio had sizable leads among those who plan to vote on Election Day; Politico said the key for Republicans is to get those supporters to turn out.

Strong Democratic turnout could help Murphy, although the effect of FBI Director James Comey's letter about emails related to the Bureau's investigation of Clinton remains to be seen.

Politico noted comments from voters in neighborhoods that had pro-Rubio signs.
One elderly man said he is voting for Rubio "because he is Cuban. And he's honest." A woman said she was supporting Murphy: "He's new. I want to see what he can do."

In a heavily black neighborhood, one voter said, "I'm not with any of the Republicans. Rubio's just like Trump, but 10 times worse."

Rubio's own operatives understand his negatives:

"There are lasting questions about his ambitions and why he wants the job. So with Trump, people think he's making decisions based on pure politics. Voters see Marco as ambitious and self-centered," the operative said.

Every poll averaged by Real Clear Politics shows Rubio in the lead, except for a Gravis poll which shows the competitors in a tie.

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Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy sees a path to victory against Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. "Sen. Rubio's on defense. He doesn't want the job. He doesn't like the job. He views this as a consolation prize," Murphy said in a Politico report. Rubio has not trailed in a public poll...
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