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Marco Rubio has a 6-point lead over Patrick Murphy in new Florida poll

Another day, another poll showing Sen. Marco Rubio ahead in the Sunshine State’s U.S. Senate race.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Rubio has a 6 percentage point lead over Rep. Patrick Murphy. According to the poll, 50 percent of respondents backed Rubio, compared to 44 percent for Murphy. Five percent of voters said they either didn’t know who they were voting for or were voting for someone else.

The poll of 626 likely Florida voters has a margin of error of 3.9 percent.

The new Quinnipiac University poll found Rubio has support from 54 percent of independent voters and 87 percent of Republicans. He also leads among white voters with a college degree (56 percent-40 percent) and without a college degree (59 percent-35 percent).

Murphy, the poll found, is supported by 59 percent of non-white voters. He also has the backing of 83 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of Republicans.

“Candidates with a 16-point lead among independent voters rarely lose, and Sen. Rubio, who has that edge over Rep. Patrick Murphy, appears to be pulling away from the challenger,” said Peter A. Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a statement. “But anything is possible.”

Murphy does appear to have an edge among those respondents who voted early. According to the poll, 50 percent of respondents who said they voted early backed Murphy, compared to 45 percent who picked Rubio.

The Miami Republican has led in nearly every poll since he announced he was running for re-election in June. Three polls conducted since June 25 showed the two men tied, according to RealClearPolitics. Rubio led in all of the other polls used by RealClearPolitics to calculate the polling average.

Marco Rubio appears in Lake Mary to get out the vote and opine on Patrick Murphy scandal

A group of Republican lawmakers appeared in Lake Mary Thursday afternoon to sing each others’ praises and hopefully motivate anyone who hasn’t voted to go out and do so — preferably to re-elect Marco Rubio, John Mica, Bob Cortes, and other Republicans.

Rubio, Mica, and Cortes painted the race as a particularly dire one; for if they lose, their vision of what would happen is something none of their supporters would want — one where Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer become heads of the House and Senate if Democrats win the majority in both.

Rubio himself spoke out against his opponent Patrick Murphy, criticizing him again for allegedly lying about his record in Congress and embellishing his business record.

“When he’s not lying, he’s liberal,” Rubio said of Murphy. “He supports the Iran deal. Even after we negotiated with them for hostages, he supports it. He wants to close Guantanamo Bay and bring terrorists to the United States, even when it’s proven that a third of them or more return to terror. He is one of the last people to support Hillary Clinton 100 percent, even after the revelations of last Friday.”

The revelations Rubio mentioned were that of the FBI’s looking into more of Clinton’s emails. As of Thursday, the FBI had not released conclusive evidence that anything in the emails they’re looking at have anything to do with Clinton, instead having to do with a separate case involving Anthony Weiner.

Rubio spoke to the press after on a recent donor scheme involving Murphy, in which a friend of his, Ibrahim Al-Rashid, allegedly started a straw donor scheme, which “occurs when a wealthy donor skirts legal limits on political donations by funneling money into campaigns using other people’s names,” according to The Hill.

Rubio said it, just like Clinton’s emails, proves the current crop of Democratic candidates aren’t fit for office.

“This was clearly someone [Murphy] is close to,” Rubio said of Al-Rashid. “We can’t afford to have leaders with clouds like this over their heads.”

According to The Hill, they had found no evidence Murphy knew about the scheme or was connected to it himself as of their article on Wednesday.

On Donald Trump, Rubio said he still supported him, and under no circumstances could he ever allow Clinton to take the presidency.

“This wasn’t my first choice,” Rubio said on supporting Trump. “I wanted to be president. I wanted to be the nominee. But we need someone to stand up to the next president, and I’m the only one who can do that.”

Florida poll: Hillary Clinton at 49%, Donald Trump 47%

With less than a week until the election, the race in Florida remains tight.

A new CNN/ORC poll found Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are essentially tied in Florida. The poll found 49 percent of likely Florida voters said they were backing Clinton, while 47 percent said they supported Trump. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 3 percent support, while 1 percent said they backed Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

The poll of 773 likely voters has a margin of 3.5 percent.

Clinton received support from 73 percent of non-white voters and 34 percent of white voters. She also saw support from 39 percent of independent voters, and 58 percent of voters who identified as moderates.

The poll found 65 percent of white men and 54 percent of white women said they backed Trump. He also received support from 63 percent of white voters without a college degree.

The CNN/ORC poll showed Sen. Marco Rubio’s lead over Rep. Patrick Murphy appears to be narrowing. The poll showed 49 percent of voters back Rubio, while 48 percent back Murphy.

Report: FBI investigating donor scheme tied to Patrick Murphy

The FBI is investigating an alleged illegal donation scheme involving Rep. Patrick Murphy, according to a new report.

The Hill reported Tuesday the FBI is investigating a scheme involving a wealthy Saudi family that supports Murphy. According to the report, the Hill found no evidence Murphy was involved in the alleged scheme, and the campaign declined to say whether he was aware of the probe.

“This complaint was written by a Republican super PAC willing to say anything to elect Marco Rubio,” Murphy campaign spokesman Joshua Karp told The Hill. “Neither Patrick nor any current or past employees have ever been contacted regarding this matter, and we are confident an examination of the facts will result in its dismissal.”

According to The Hill, the investigation goes back to Murphy’s first congressional run in 2012. The claim, originally made by the Senate Leadership Fund, is that Ibrahim Al-Rashid, a friend of Murphy’s and political donor, coordinated a straw donor scheme to help Murphy.

The super PAC filed a complaint in June with the Federal Election Commission. According to The Hill, the complaint alleged 11 donors participated in a scheme to funnel contributions to Murphy.

Murphy is running against Sen. Marco Rubio in the state’s contentious U.S. Senate race. Rubio currently has an average 5.6 percentage point lead over Murphy, according to RealClearPolitics.

 

New Florida poll: 28% of registered Republicans who already cast ballots voted for Hillary Clinton

It’s an admittedly small sample, but a new poll shows that among the early and mail-in vote in Florida, 28 percent of registered Republicans already voted for Hillary Clinton.

Conversely, only 6 percent of registered Democrats have voted for Donald Trump.

That’s according to a TargetSmart/William & Mary survey. It also shows that with a week before the election, Clinton leads Trump 48 to 40 percent. That’s a dramatic contrast to several recent polls putting the race much closer. 

The RealClearPolitics average in Florida now favors Trump by one percentage point.

Clinton’s lead increases to 55-37 percent among those who said they have already voted.

The survey reached 311 respondents who voted early in the 2016 general election, either absentee, by mail or in-person, according to data from Florida’s secretary of state that was matched back to the TargetSmart voter file.

The survey reached 407 respondents who had NOT voted early in the 2016 general election, either absentee, by mail or in-person, using data from the Florida secretary of state that was cross-matched with the TargetSmart voter files.

Complete poll results are scheduled to be released later Wednesday.

The poll shows Marco Rubio leading Patrick Murphy in the U.S. Senate race, 49 percent to 43 percent. Among early voters, Rubio has a much bigger lead, 51 percent to 39 percent.

As of early Wednesday morning, 1.79 million Republicans have voted, as well as 1.77 million Democrats.

Joni Ernst-affiliated PAC gives $5K to Brian Mast in CD 18

Brian Mast, the Republican candidate in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, reported $8,700 in contributions in a new filing with the Federal Election Commission Monday, including $5,000 from a committee backing Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst.

Mast is running against self-funding Democrat Randy Perkins for the seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is running for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat.

Ernst, elected in 2014, has become a major player in GOP politics and is best known for her annual “Roast and Ride,” a fundraising event she hosts alongside other Republican politicians which includes a motorcycle parade.

Last week, Mast reported about $95,000 in new contributions in FEC filings, and through Oct. 19 he had raised about $2.3 million and had about $400,000 on hand.

Perkins had raised more than $8.5 million through Oct. 19, though only about $685,000 of that money has come from individual contributors.

Bob Graham announces his support for fellow Democrat Bob Buesing’s state Senate bid

With just eight days to go before the voting ends in Florida, state Senate District 18 Democratic hopeful Bob Buesing received some welcome news Monday when former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham endorsed him.

“Bob Buesing is the right person to work across the aisle to address Florida’s challenges and get things done for the people of Senate District 18 in Tallahassee,” said Graham in a statement issued by the Buesing campaign early Monday. “I’m endorsing Bob because he’ll be a fresh voice in Tallahassee dedicated to protecting our environment and drinking water, strengthening our public schools, and providing innovative new ideas to grow good jobs here at home in Florida. The people of Hillsborough County can count on Bob Buesing to always put their interests first.”

“I am deeply honored to have earned the endorsement of former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham,” said Buesing. “Gov. Graham’s legacy of service to our state is a testament to all that can be accomplished when you prioritize the needs of the people you are elected to serve and work together across party lines. I am proud to share Sen. Graham’s dedication to putting people first and I will look to his example as a member of the Florida Senate.”

The endorsement from the 79-year-old Democratic icon (who turns 80 next week) could be a boost for Buesing, who is still relatively unknown in local politics as he attempts to defeat Republican Dana Young in the Senate race. Buesing is also being squeezed by progressive icon Joe Redner, a former Democrat turned independent who is polling in double figures in the contest.

Unlike President Obama, who endorsed a number of Florida Democrats running for state legislative seats earlier this month, Graham has been very selective in terms of his endorsements.

In addition to backing Hillary Clinton and Patrick Murphy in the high-profile races for president and U.S. Senate, the only other state legislative Democrat Graham has endorsed this cycle has been Ben Diamond, running in the Pinellas County House District 68 race against Republican JB Benshimen. 

Email insights: Patrick Murphy campaign ties Marco Rubio to Donald Trump in spooky scenario

Rep. Patrick Murphy is hoping to give voters a scare this Halloween.

In a Halloween-themed email, the Murphy campaign once again tried to tie Sen. Marco Rubio to GOP nominee Donald Trump.

“Floridians in search of a fright this Halloween, need to look no further than the spineless senator and the orange monster he wants to make president,” the campaign said in an email. “There is no haunted houses scarier than the White House, with Donald Trump’s finger on the nuclear codes and Marco Rubio dutifully by his side.”

The Murphy campaign has been hammering Rubio over his ties to Trump for weeks now, repeatedly calling on him to revoke his support for Trump. Murphy frequently pivoted to Trump during the final U.S. Senate debate last week, hoping to tie the Miami Republican to the Republican nominee.

For his part, Rubio has tried to sidestep questions about Trump, saying voters have to make their own decisions. During a stop in Naples last week, he once again said he has disagreements with both candidates, but doesn’t “want Hillary Clinton to be president.”

“This Halloween, amidst the goblins and ghouls, witches and vampires, there lurks a ghost more terrifying than them all: the ghost of Trump past,” according to the Murphy campaign.

Rick Scott says ‘there’s a clear choice’ in 2016 election

With about a week until Election Day, Gov. Rick Scott remains confident Donald Trump come out on top.

“I think Trump is going to win, and I think the reason he’s going to win is that there’s a clear choice,” he said following a stop in Fort Myers. “Even though we’ve added 1.2 million jobs since I got elected in 2010, it’s still the No. 1 issue in the country. He’s created jobs; he knows how to create jobs. She’s never created jobs.”

Scott said the nation needs someone at the helm who can work to defeat ISIS and “defend Americans against terrorism.” Hillary Clinton, he said, had the chance to do that during her time as secretary of state, but made little progress.

The Naples Republican commended FBI Director James Comey for re-opening the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server, saying he’s hopeful he “truth will come out.”

“It seems like what she’s done her whole life is worry about herself, instead of the people she says she wants to serve,” said Scott. “I’m glad that Comey did what he did and hopefully the investigation will come out with the truth.”

According to the Associated Press, the FBI obtained a warrant over the weekend to begin reviewing newly discovered emails that may be relevant into the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.

The inquiry, which closed without charges in July, resurfaced Friday when Comey alerted members of Congress to the existence of emails that he said could be pertinent to that investigation. The FBI wants to review the emails to see if they contain classified information and were handled properly, the focus of the earlier Clinton inquiry.

Scott has been largely absent from the campaign trail, but has been somewhat involved in the presidential race. He is the chairman of “Rebuilding America Now,” a pro-Trump super PAC, which released an advertisement over the weekend focused on the email scandal. The new ad is part of an ad buy in the Philadelphia area.

The race in the Sunshine State is tight. According to RealClearPolitics, Trump has a slight lead — a half of a percentage point — over Clinton.

But the presidential race isn’t the only key race playing out in Florida. All eyes are on the race between Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy, which could determine control of the U.S. Senate. According to RealClearPolitics, Rubio has an average lead of 5.6 percentage points.

“Sen. Rubio has done a great job as our senator for the last six years, he deserves to be re-elected,” said Scott. “He’s going to continue to focus on what’s good for Florida families.”

Scott encouraged Floridians to get out and vote, either by mail, early or on Election Day. According to the state Division of Elections, more than 3.7 million Floridians have already voted either by mail or in person during the early voting period.

_The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Randy Perkins receives backing of one-time opponent Jonathan Chane

Randy Perkins has received the support of his one-time opponent.

Democrat Jonathan Chane announced Monday he was endorsing Perkins, his Democratic primary opponent in Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

“In the past few weeks, I have become increasingly alarmed at what I am seeing coming from Brian Mast and his campaign,” said Chane in a statement “The fact that Mast so strongly supports Donald Trump, even as many national Republican leaders are seeking to distance themselves from the GOP nominee, shows me that Mast is an out-of-touch extremist. I am asking everyone who voted for me in the primary to support Randy Perkins.”

Chane said Perkins is committed to working “across the aisle to improve our economy and protect Medicare and Social Security.”

Perkins received 60 percent of the vote in the Aug. 30 primary. Chane came in second with 32 percent, followed by John Xuna at 7 percent.

Perkins faces Mast in the hotly contested race to replace Rep. Patrick Murphy in Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

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