Another poll shows unlike Trump, Rubio helped by Hispanics, while ratings reports turn cold on Murphy

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy

Another Florida poll is out showing Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio powered by strong support among Hispanic voters — who have turned away from GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The Associated Industries of Florida survey of 600 likely Hispanic voters — conducted over the weekend, into Monday — shows Trump losing these voters to Clinton, 54-30 percent.

Trump is still given a shot at winning Florida, if he can draw 40 percent of this vote, which Mitt Romney claimed in 2012.

Rubio, by contrast, leads Democrat Patrick Murphy among Hispanics 48-39 percent, close to the margins found in other recent surveys of this voting bloc. AIF is predicting Hispanics will comprise about 14 percent of the electorate on Nov. 8.

Murphy has been trying hard to tie Rubio to Trump — clearly in an effort to loosen the bond held by the bilingual, Cuban-American senator. But AIF’s findings show Murphy, a two-term congressman from Jupiter, remains an unknown to many Hispanic voters.

There’s also more bad news for the Democrat from those handicapping odds of a Democratic takeover of the U.S. Senate.

CNN labeled the Rubio seat as “unlikely to flip,” following a change earlier this week by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, which turned Florida’s seat from “tilts Republican” to the slightly stronger, “leans Republican.”

The Washington Post also didn’t include Florida in a story listing five states that could decide Senate control. Instead, the story cited the Florida contest as “close to over.”


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