Though freshman Tea Party Rep. Allen West (R-FL) released a poll last week showing he was ahead of challenger Patrick Murphy, a new poll has heads turning.
“According to a poll taken for the Democratic group House Majority PAC by Garin-Hart-Yang Research, Allen West is trailing challenger Patrick Murphy 52 percent to 43 percent,” reports the New Times of Broward Palm Beach.
Politico reports, “There’s reason to take the House Majority PAC poll seriously. Not only is it taken by a gold-plated Democratic pollster, it’s also weighted significantly in the GOP direction. The poll sample was composed of 44 percent Republicans and 37 percent Democrats — a stronger GOP lean than the actual congressional district.”
Is West in trouble? Last Friday, West’s campaign released a blistering new attack ad on Murphy featuring a mug shot from an arrest after a bar fight when he was a teenager. Political observers called it one of the toughest ads so far this election cycle.