Biden to fundraise in Florida for Murphy, Wasserman Schultz

Vice President Biden will reportedly headline Friday fundraisers for a pair of Florida Democrats in closely watched primaries: former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Senate candidate Rep. Patrick Murphy.


The Miami Herald said Biden is first traveling to Miami and participating in the Coconut Creek fundraiser for Wasserman Schultz’s House reelection campaign.

Wasserman Schultz announced her departure from the DNC on July 24 amid controversy over leaked emails that showed party staffers biased against the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.), who has backed her primary opponent, law professor Tim Canova.

Biden originally planned on fundraising for Wasserman Schultz in June but scrapped the idea after the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Biden's fundraiser for Murphy is scheduled for around midday Friday at the Tallahassee home of Don Hinkle, a personal injury attorney and major Democratic donor.

Both Biden and President Obama have endorsed Murphy as the best hope for Democrats to beat incumbent Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Florida senators pushing to keep Daylight Savings Time during pandemic Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts Chinese, Malaysian hackers accused of targeting over 100 organizations | GOP senators raise concerns over Oracle-TikTok deal | QAnon awareness jumps in new poll MORE (R-Fla.). Murphy has said he will not debate his rival for the Democratic nomination, Rep. Alan GraysonAlan Mark GraysonFlorida's Darren Soto fends off Dem challenge from Alan Grayson Live results: Arizona and Florida hold primaries The Hill's Morning Report: Frustration mounts as Republicans blow up tax message MORE, after allegations of domestic abuse emerged against him.

Rubio leads Murphy by about 4 points in their Florida Senate contest, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.