Democratic senatorial committee drops spending planned for Murphy

Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Patrick Murphy at Monday night's debate.

Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Patrick Murphy at Monday night’s debate.

Despite a new poll showing Democrat Patrick Murphy and Republican Marco Rubio locked in a too-close-to-call battle, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is walking away from the race.

The DSCC confirmed Tuesday that it has withdrawn advertising planned for the final week before the Nov. 8 election. The money is certain to go toward states where Democrats think they have a better chance of flipping a seat in their bid to win control of the Senate.

DSCC spokeswoman Sadie Weiner dismissed talk within the Rubio camp that the decision was linked to Murphy’s performance in Monday night’s television debate.

Weiner called that “laughable.”

“Decision was made before that. Patrick did very well in the debate,” she said in an email.

Groups supporting Rubio are outspending those backing Murphy by a 4-to-1 margin. The DSCC last spring pledged to spend $10 million helping Murphy — before Rubio in June announced that he’d seek re-election.

Since then, the DSCC has cancelled all its general election advertising for the two-term Jupiter congressman.

Josh Karp, a Murphy spokesman, said the “race is incredibly competitive” and shrugged off Rubio’s spending advantage. He noted that Murphy has cut into Rubio’s lead in polls, even as the DSCC dropped spending planned for September and now followed up with the latest pullout.

“We’re very confident we’re going to have the resources needed to win,” Karp said.

 

 

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