A new poll shows Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio up narrowly in a too-close-to-call contest with Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter.
Quinnipiac University’s survey Wednesday showed that Rubio holds a 4 percent edge on Murphy, down from a 7 percentage point lead in the school’s poll a month ago. The poll has a 4 percent margin-of-error.
“Sen. Marco Rubio has led in the polls for reelection since he changed his mind and decided to seek a second term. But his margin over U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Democratic challenger, has never been large enough to make Sen. Rubio comfortable,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
Republicans in Senate races in Pennsylvania and Ohio have wider leads in surveys done by Quinnipiac, while North Carolina’s Senate race is a dead heat, the school found.
Florida is among several states in play that will help decide which party controls the Senate.
Rubio’s 48-44 percent lead over Murphy is one of the Democrat’s best showings of late. Rubio is outspending Murphy and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has reduced some of its ad buying in Florida.
Some Senate handicappers are reporting that the race appears to be leaning toward Rubio as it nears its final month. Quinnipiac surveyed 545 likely voters in Florida between Sept. 27 and Oct. 2.