Rubio triples Murphy’s latest fund-raising total in U.S. Senate race

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio outstrips Democrat Patrick Murphy in fund-raising.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio outstrips Democrat Patrick Murphy in fund-raising.

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday that he raised $9.6 million over the past three months, about triple the amount collected by Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter.

Rubio has already been helped 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.

“I’m extremely encouraged to see an outpouring of donations from all over the state and I look forward to continuing to work hard to earn votes across Florida as we approach the election,” Rubio said.

Murphy announced Monday that he pulled in $3.3 million for the last quarter, bringing his total fund-raising to $14.5 million.

But while Rubio is being helped by big spending by outside organizations, only just over $3 million has been spent against him by unions allied by Murphy.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, after delaying a late-September TV ad buy on Murphy’s behalf, now also has scrapped another $1.9 million it scheduled for late October.

The DSCC, though, says it still plans to have TV ads airing for Murphy this month — although the Democrat continues to trail Rubio in almost every poll.

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