Bill Hager takes 13-point lead over Democrat David Silvers in HD 89 poll

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In Palm Beach County, two-term incumbent Republican Rep. Bill Hager leads Democratic newcomer David Silvers by 13 points in the House District 89 race, according to new polling.

In an Oct. 28 survey of likely voters from StPetePolls, two-term incumbent Hager has a comfortable advantage over Silvers, 55 to 42 percent, with three percent undecided

The district, which contains much of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and the Palm Beach County coast to the city of Palm Beach, is roughly even in voter registration.

Not only does Hager have broad support from GOP base voters (85 percent) and a slight advantage with independents (52 percent), he also takes more than 17 percent of Democrats.

In contrast, Silvers – whole-heartedly endorsed by Florida Democratic Party chair Allison Tant – receives 79 percent of Democrats polled, 45 percent of independents and 13 percent of Republicans.

The survey also finds Republican Gov. Rick Scott eight points ahead of his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist, by a 52 to 44 margin. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie gets 2 percent, with slightly less that 2 percent undecided.

Commissioned by SaintPetersBlog, the poll randomly contacted 402 likely voters using an automated phone call polling system. Results were then weighted to reflect proportions of active voter population for House District 89, based on actual turnout numbers in the 2010 race. Only those voters that said they plan to vote and who cast ballots in the 2010 or 2012 general elections were included in the results. The poll has a +/- 4.9 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level.

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