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Patrick Murphy and Florida Education Association to meet the press

Will the state’s largest teachers union take sides in the ultra-competitive Democratic Senate race later this morning?

That could be the case as Jupiter Representative Patrick Murphy is scheduled to hold a news conference with The Florida Education Association on Monday.

The endorsement would be a big prize for the South Florida Democrat, who’s battling Orlando-area Congressman Alan Grayson for the Democratic nomination.

Both men have strong unions behind them, but Murphy has been cleaning up when it comes getting the support of fellow Democrats. Among those in his camp include President Obama, Vice President Biden and former U.S. Senator Bob Graham.

A Public Policy Poll released last month shows the race to be dead even, with Grayson up over Murphy by one percentage point, 33 percent to 32 percent.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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