Obama, Biden wade into Florida Senate race, back Murphy

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Posted: Mar 02, 2016 10:38 AM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are backing U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy over Congressman Alan Grayson in Florida's Democratic Senate primary.

The campaign announced the endorsement Wednesday. It's a big boost for Murphy in a race that's become contentious.

Biden also plans to campaign with Murphy on March 28.

Grayson has criticized Murphy for being a former Republican and voting with the GOP on key issues. But Murphy has lined up a long list of endorsements from party leaders in Florida and Washington.

Murphy has repeatedly pointed out that Grayson is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee over questions raised by a hedge fund he manages.

Grayson has lashed out at his own party, saying the "UnDemocratic Party" is run by corrupt, mendacious, sellout losers.