Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy face off in debate at Broward College before election day

Janny Rodriguez reports. 10/26/2016

With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, the two major party candidates for one of Florida’s U.S. Senate seats met on the debate stage for the second – and possibly final – time before Nov. 8.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, went head-to-head on the campus of Broward College in Davie Wednesday night, where they accused each other of being ineffectual and accomplishing little in Washington.

The Republican incumbent accused Murphy of never sponsoring a bill that passed during his four years in Congress and of doing little to help Florida.

Murphy attacked Rubio's attendance record during his unsuccessful run for the Republican presidential nominee. The Palm Beach-area Democrat pointed out that Rubio missed 40 percent of the Senate's votes during his campaign.

The Miami native Rubio, who announced he was running for re-election after initially saying he would not during his run for the GOP presidential nomination, finds himself in a tougher than expected race against Murphy, who represented a district in Congress including the Treasure Coast and parts of Palm Beach County.

The debate at Broward College was sponsored by the Florida Press Association and Leadership Florida, a group founded by the state chamber of commerce.

It’s unknown if this will be the final debate between the candidates – as both campaigns have battled over potential dates and who wants how many debates.

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