Patrick Murphy

Murphy won't run for Florida governor, will back Graham

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy won't be on the ballot for governor after floating the idea of a bi-partisan ticket and instead endorsed former congressional colleague Gwen Graham on Thursday.

Murphy and Graham appeared together, along with Graham's father, former Senator and Governor Bob Graham, to make the announcement and end speculation that Murphy would run for governor with former Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly.

Murphy and Graham both left Congress in January 2017. Murphy gave up his seat for an unsuccessful U.S. Senate run, while Graham decided not to run for re-election after her district was redrawn and became firmly Republican. Both were moderate...