It's official: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee won't be helping Democrat Patrick Murphy at all with TV ads during the general election campaign this fall.
The committee this week started cutting the remainder of its reserved ad time -- worth about $2 million -- which had been planned for the final week of the election.
The decision was not unexpected, because the DSCC has been gradually withdrawing its money from Florida since early September when the committee had initially claimed it would shift its resources to closer to Election Day. (It didn't.)
The group had, this spring, reserved $10 million in total ad time to support Murphy, a two-term congressman from Jupiter who the DSCC was quick to endorse after Murphy declared his candidacy in spring 2015.
However, this fall, the DSCC's dollars were re-directed to other states with competitive Senate races, as Murphy struggled to gain ground on Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
While Republicans were quick to link the DSCC's decision with Murphy and Rubio's first debate on Monday, DSCC spokeswoman Sadie Weiner said in an email the decision to cut the remaining dollars was made before the event.
She said it was "absolutely not a reaction to the debate. Patrick did incredibly well."
The DSCC's decision comes as a new poll was released Tuesday that showed Murphy within 2 percentage points of Rubio. It was conducted in the week prior to the debate.
Earlier this month, a Democratic super PAC, the Senate Majority PAC, also pulled about $6 million of its planned $10.5 million ad support for Murphy.
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