Florida poll: Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy Senate race too close to call

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left), Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left), Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter.

Florida’s U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter is too close to call, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that shows Rubio holding a within-the-margin-of-error lead of 2 points.

 

Rubio gets 49 percent and Murphy 47 percent in a poll with a 3.8 percent margin of error. Quinnipiac’s survey of 660 likely Florida voters was conducted Oct. 10-16 — before Rubio and Murphy met for Monday night’s televised debate.

 

Rubio held a 48-to-44 percent in lead in a Quinnipiac poll released two weeks ago and a 50-to-43 percent advantage in a September Quinnipiac poll.

 

Rubio is running ahead of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who trails Hillary Clinton in Florida by a 48-to-44 percent margin in a Quinnipiac poll released Monday. A key difference: Rubio does better with non-white voters than Trump. Only 19 percent of non-white voters back Trump in the presidential race, while 33 percent of non-whites support Rubio in the Senate race.

 

 

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