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Rubio campaigns in Republican territory, while Murphy rallies with Obama



With just five days until Election Day, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will be toiling safe Republican territory today aiming to maximize the GOP vote, while his Democrat rival Patrick Murphy campaigns with President Barack Obama in two critical cities.

Rubio has stops planned for Seminole, Volusia and Flagler counties, all counties that Republican Mitt Romney carries in 2012 by more than 20,000 votes combined. Rubio did even better in those three counties in 2010, carrying the three by about 27,000 votes over the combined total of Democrat Kendrick Meek and then-independent Charlie Crist.

Rubio stops at 11:45 a.m. at Cork & Olive, 1061 S. Sun Dr. #1009 Lake Mary in Seminole. At 1:45 p.m. he is scheduled to be at Tomoka Brewery Company, 4647 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange in Volusia. Then at 3:45 p.m. he is expected at Houligan’s, 50 Plaza Dr. #106, Palm Coast in Flagler.

Murphy meanwhile is expected to be with Obama at rallies first in Miami and then later in Jacksonville. Obama carried Miami-Dade over Romney by more than 200,000 votes in 2012. But in Duval County, Romney edged out Obama by about 15,000 votes.

Obama speaks at Florida International University at 11:15 a.m. then is scheduled to speak at the University of North Florida at 3:40 p.m.