Rubio’s scramble for campaign cash? It’s working

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s late decision to run for re-election has caused him to scramble to collect campaign cash — but it seems to be paying off.

Rubio’s campaign said Thursday it has raised $3.2 million since July 1 – on top of the $2.2 million he collected in the nine days leading up to that date. Rubio announced his re-election bid on June 22.

The campaign also said that it had $4.6 million in the bank as of Aug. 10.

Rubio on Thursday also began airing a new TV spot, touting his efforts in Washington to help a Florida family obtain needed cancer medication.

His leading Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter, also aired a fresh web ad — this one capitalizing on Rubio’s description of Donald Trump as a “con man” during their battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

Rubio is having to navigate carefully around Trump in his re-election campaign, with polls showing the Republican senator looking like a good bet to win.

Trump? Not so much, polls show.

Rubio also continues to stare up at Murphy’s fund-raising total. Although the Democrat’s latest figures are not yet available, Murphy had $7.2 million in the bank last month.

Rubio is among four Republicans seeking his party’s nomination in the Aug. 30 primary. Murphy is in a five-way fight for the Democratic U.S. Senate nod.

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