A super PAC tied to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday it had made a "seven-figure transfer" to a Florida group backing Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy in his bid to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio.
The Senate Majority PAC sent the funds to Floridians for a Strong Middle Class, CNN reported.
The effort marks the Reid group's entry into the Florida race, despite resistance from top party officials.
"This race is closing," Shripal Shah, a Senate Majority spokesman, told the cable network. "Voters know that Marco Rubio is only looking out for himself — and they're going to hold him accountable for pushing a self-serving agenda at their expense."
The super PAC also raised $19.3 million in the three-week period ending Oct. 19, Shah said. The report was to be filed with the Federal Election Commission later Thursday, he said.
Recent polls show Rubio, who is seeking a second term, holding a strong lead over Murphy — including a Dixie Strategies poll showing the Republican ahead, 48.6 to 43 percent.
Reid has pushed party officials to return to the Sunshine State, but has faced resistance from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, CNN reported.
However, Schumer supports the super PAC's Thursday move, according to the cable network.
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