Democrats not will­ing to spend on Se­nate race, aid­ing Ru­bio

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Repub­li­can Sen. Marco Ru­bio is get­ting help from an un­likely quar­ter as he cam­paigns for re-elec­tion: the Demo­cratic Party.

The party’s Se­nate com­mit­tee this week aban­doned Ru­bio’s Demo­cratic ri­val, Rep. Pa­trick Mur­phy, yank­ing ad­ver­tis­ing off the ex­pen­sive air­waves of the Sun­shine State and send­ing the money to com­pet­i­tive races in smaller states where fundrais­ing dol­lars go far­ther.

The de­ci­sion leaves Mur­phy, who’s raised only about one-third as much as Ru­bio in re­cent months, largely on his own. And it has prompted a round of se­cond-guess­ing from Democrats who ar­gue that Ru­bio is beat­able, and that the party should not be help­ing him win a se­cond term that could pro­vide a perch for another pres­i­den­tial bid.

The de­camp­ment by the Demo­cratic Se­na­to­rial Cam­paign Com­mit­tee comes just as things are look­ing up for Mur­phy. Se­nate polls in the state have tight­ened in re­cent weeks.

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