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Jennings Beating Buchanan?

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September

An internal poll for Democratic Congressional District 13 candidate Christine Jennings, suggests the tough GOP primary to succeed Katherine Harris took a real toll on Republican Vern Buchanan. The 9/8-12 Hamilton Beattie poll of 500 likely voters in the heavily Republican district shows Jennings leading 46 percent to 38 percent (48 percent to 30 among independents). From the pollster's memo:

"*After winning the Republican Primary with less than one-third of the vote, Vern Buchanan enters the general election with a battered personal image among voters in the district. Buchanan's favorability rating is currently net
negative (35% favorable – 38% unfavorable) after a divisive primary in which questions were raised about Buchanan’s past business dealings.
*Despite this being the home district of Katherine Harris, Bill Nelson leads Harris in the race for US Senate (50% Nelson – 41% Harris – 10% undecided). Like Buchanan,Harris has a net negative favorable rating (40% favorable – 53% unfavorable)."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:46pm]

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