Poll: Rubio, Murphy neck-and-neck in Florida Senate race

Greg Nash

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) are in a tight race for Senate in a hypothetical matchup, according to a News 13/Bay News 9 poll.

In the matchup, Rubio and Murphy were tied with 43 percent of the vote, according to the poll.

{mosads}Another 8 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

Rubio has a strong lead over his competitors in the state’s primary, however, according to the poll.

Sixty-three percent of respondents said they would vote for Rubio in the primary. Another 13 percent were undecided, while 11 percent said they would support Manatee County homebuilder Carlos Beruff.

Rubio, who ran for president this cycle, previously said he did not plan to run for reelection, but decided to enter the race earlier this month.

On the Democratic side, Murphy holds a lead over his closest rival Alan Grayson, 30 percent to 21 percent, according to the poll. But 35 percent of respondents on the Democratic side said they were undecided on whom they were going to vote for in the primary.

The Florida Decides Exclusive Statewide Poll was conducted June 25-27 and 2,000 adults were interviewed.

According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Rubio has a 3-point lead over Murphy in a hypothetical matchup. Rubio takes 44 percent of the vote and Murphy has 41 percent.


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