In Florida’s nationally watched Senate race, Rubio, Murphy and outside groups have spent almost $30 million, mostly on TV, radio, mailers and digital ads. The bulk is negative and designed to inflict damage on the opponent as the race veers into its final month.
Murphy, though, is facing an increasingly uphill fight trying to unseat Rubio, who is building a comfortable edge in most polls, in contrast with the presidential contest, which remains a toss-up in the nation’s biggest swing state.
Close to half the money in the Senate race — $14.6 million – has been spent against Murphy by groups supporting Rubio, according to finance data compiled by the site ProPublica.
Rubio has been helped by the Senate Leadership Fund’s almost $6 million in advertising, followed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, National Rifle Association and Koch brothers-backed Libre Initiative and Concerned Veterans for America.
Outside organizations haven’t ponied up anywhere nearly as much for Murphy, who has had only about $5 million spent by the Senate Majority PAC and unions, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
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