DSCC Pulls Remaining Ads for Patrick Murphy in Florida

Patrick Murphy
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October 18, 2016

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will no longer be helping Rep. Patrick Murphy (D.) with television ads in his bid to unseat incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R.) in Florida’s Senate race, according to the Miami Herald.

The DSCC is pulling its ads in the Sunshine State in what some observers view as a sign of Democrats conceding the race to Republicans. The DSCC had reserved $10 million in ad time this spring to support Murphy but pulled its last remaining $2 million worth of ad time just this week.

Earlier this month, the Senate Majority PAC, a Super PAC associated with outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), also pulled millions of dollars from its planned ad support for Murphy.

Such large senatorial campaigns such as the one in Florida count on funds from national party organizations, not just state and local party entities.

Murphy has been plagued with problems and damaging revelations throughout the campaign, especially since he beat Rep. Alan Grayson for the Democratic nomination. Murphy was endorsed by the DSCC early in the primary.

Democrats need to win key Senate seats like Florida to take control of the chamber after the election. According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls in Florida, Rubio is currently leading Murphy by four points.