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UPDATE: Charlie Justice poll shows 15 point deficit; Bill Young raises $236K



UPDATE: The Justice campaign released a polling memo that says the Democrat trails Young, 49 to 34 percent. It also finds that Young faces disadvantages as an incumbent, and Justice has near universal support from the the 36 percent who know him.

"Voters think Young has been in Congress too long and is too partisan," the report (Download report) on the April 5 to 8 poll says.

U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, raised nearly $236,000 in March alone for his first fundraising efforts since announcing he would seek a 21st term, new reports show. With that amount, he has $465,000 on hand against state Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg.

The Buzz hears Young's April efforts will bring six figures, too (such as a major event with GOP leaders mentioned here). That would fuel more talk of Justice's limited chances against the well-known Young.

Young's latest fundraising outpaces Justice's entire effort through December, which was $212,000. Justice's latest report isn't available yet. But he released a new Web video to continue his attempt to unseat Young by tying him to ethics and earmarks trouble. 

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:28am]


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