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Final poll of key state Senate race shows Dana Young holding lead over Democratic opponent

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Majority Leader Dana Young has maintained her lead in Senate District 18, but needs to continue mobilizing supporters to make sure she comes out on top on Election Day.

A new poll by St. Pete Polls, conducted for, showed 40 percent of Senate District 18 voters are backing Young, compared to 35 percent backing Democrat Bob Buesing. The poll found 14 percent of voters said they were supporting Joe Redner, while 3 percent picked Sheldon Upthegrove. Eight percent of voters said they were undecided.

The automated poll of 1,087 people was conducted Nov. 2. It has a margin of error of 3 percent.

The poll showed Young had support from 36 percent of independent voters, 65 percent of Republicans, and 17 percent of Democrats. Buesing was backed by 33 percent of independent voters, 52 percent of Democrats, and 19 percent of Republicans.

The new poll is in line with two St. Pete Polls conducted in October. A poll conducted Oct. 25 showed Young led Buesing, 39 percent to 34 percent. In an Oct. 11 poll, Young received the support from 38 percent of voters, while 32 percent said they were backing Buesing.

While Young is maintaining her overall lead, the latest St. Pete Polls survey indicates her supporters need to turn out to make sure she comes out on top come Election Day.

The poll found 60 percent of respondents said they already voted. Nearly 39 percent those respondents backed Young, while 38 percent supported Buesing.

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