Democrat Patrick Murphy raised $3.3 million over the past three months in his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been helped largely by millions of dollars more spent by outside groups.
The latest fund-raising puts the two-term Jupiter member of Congress at close to $14.5 million collected for the race.
Rubio, however, has been aided by more than $15 million in spending against Murphy by groups including the National Republican Senatorial Committee, National Rifle Association and Koch brothers-financed organizations.
Only $3.1 million has been spent against Rubio, mostly by labor unions supporting Murphy.
“It is clear that Floridians are ready for a Senator who shows up and fights for them in the U.S. Senate,” said Murphy, echoing themes from TV spots he’s airing which blast Rubio’s poor attendance record in the U.S. Senate.