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Associated Builders and Contractors announce seven-figure ad buy in Florida, 5 other states

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One national organization is building up Marco Rubio in Florida. Associated Builders and Contractors announced this week it made a seven-figure ad buy in Florida and five other states. The issue-based ad buy is meant to highlight candidates’ positions on key issues for the construction trade organization. The organization is expected to air the spot on radio and as part of a statewide digital ad campaign. The national organization endorsed Rubio in June, saying Rubio has “shown the commitment to…

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Report: Hillary Clinton gets an Electoral College boost

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Hillary Clinton is gaining ground in the Electoral College. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball updated its ratings Monday, and all of the changes favor Democrats. The ratings update, which came one day after the second presidential debate, “shows Clinton mildly improving on (President Barack) Obama’s 332 electoral votes from 2012,” according to the team at Sabato’s Crystal Ball. The updated map shows Clinton carrying all of the Obama states except for Iowa and Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. However, the team notes…

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Patrick Murphy raises $3.3M in third quarter

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Rep. Patrick Murphy raised more than $3 million in the third quarter of 2016. The Murphy campaign announced Monday it raised $3.3 million in the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30. Campaign finance records were not immediately available on the Federal Election Commission’s website. “I am so humbled by the grassroots support our campaign has received. It is clear that Floridians are ready for a Senator who shows up and fights for them in the U.S. Senate,” said Murphy in…

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Patrick Murphy attacks Marco Rubio’s attendance record in new ad

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Rep. Patrick Murphy is promising voters to “never stop working” for them in a new TV spot. The 30-second spot, called “Office,” highlights Sen. Marco Rubio’s attendance record. In the advertisement, Murphy says the Miami Republican “too often … didn’t show up and failed us when he did.” “To get things done, you have to show up. You have to work together,” he says in the advertisement. “Whether it’s protecting Social Security and women’s healthcare or growing the economy, we’ve…

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Florida Chamber poll shows Marco Rubio at 46%, Patrick Murphy at 42%

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Another day, another poll showing a close race between Rep. Patrick Murphy and Sen. Marco Rubio. The Florida Chamber Political Institute released a new poll Monday that showed Rubio and Murphy were locked into a tight race. The survey found Rubio was at 46 percent, while Murphy was at 42 percent. Eleven percent of Floridians polled said they were undecided. The poll of 617 registered voters was conducted from Sept. 15 through Sept. 20. The survey has a margin of…

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Hillary Clinton to campaign in Orlando Wednesday

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will campaign in Orlando Wednesday, her team announced Monday. No details have been released, except that the event will be public. “Clinton will discuss her vision for an America that is stronger together and to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top,” reads an advisory from her campaign. Clinton was last in Central Florida in August, when she led a rally at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. Republican…

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Marco Rubio campaign hits Patrick Murphy over resume in new ad

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Another day, another TV ad raising questions about Patrick Murphy’s credentials. Marco Rubio released a new ad aimed at Murphy and allegations he embellished his resume. In June, CBS Miami ran a two-part report where it revealed he did not meet the minimum requirements to become a CPA in Florida and wasn’t a small business owner. “In an ad called ‘Truth,’ Marco Rubio manages to lie three times in 30 seconds. These discredited lies are all Marco Rubio has to…

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