The pair will take their fight to television again this week for their second and final debate.
Viewers, though, may hear a lot of reruns – with both men certain to pound themes that have dominated the race.
Rubio accuses Murphy of having a ho-hum record over two terms in Congress, while the Democrat counterpunches by accusing his rival of not being there enough to make a difference.
A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed the race too-close-to-call, heightening the pressure on both candidates.
But Murphy’s bid to unseat Rubio became steeper last week when the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee abandoned plans to air TV ads for the Jupiter congressman – focusing, instead, on competitive Senate contests in other states.
Rubio allies are outspending Murphy almost 3-to-1. But their pasts have emerged as decisive to their political futures.
In their first TV debate from Orlando last week, Rubio said Murphy, “after four years, has not a significant achievement he can point to.”
But Murphy swatted back, saying Rubio had “the worst voting record of any senator from Florida in nearly 50 years.”
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