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Internal Jolly poll shows tight race



Internal polls ordered by political candidates should be taken with a grain of salt.


On the day of a televised debate between incumbent Congressman David Jolly and former governor Charlie Crist, who are vying for 13th Congressional District seat, Jolly's campaign released a survey showing the two tied at 46 percent with 8 percent undecided.

Data Targeting interviewed 300 active registered voters on land lines and cell phones between Sept. 8 and Sept. 10.

The results showed Jolly and Crist tied again with a 46 percent favorability rating.  Thirty-seven percent of potential voters had an unfavorable opinion of Crist compared to 16 percent for Jolly.

All but 3 percent of respondents had heard of Crist while 16 percent had never heard of Jolly, who has represented Pinellas County in the U.S. Congress since early 2014. 

Tonight's debate, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, 10NewsWTSP and St. Petersburg College's Institute for Policy Solutions will be held at The Palladium Theater, 253 5th Ave N, in St. Petersburg. 

The 7 p.m. debate, modereated by the Times' Adam Smith and 10NewsWTSP's Mark Rivera, will be televised live on 10NewsWTSP. 

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 12:37pm]


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