Democrats not willing to spend on Senate race, aiding Rubio
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.