Is Chris Dorworth’s campaign in jeopardy?

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A new poll paid for by the Florida Democratic Party shows Republican state Rep. Chris Dorworth of Lake Mary in a surprisingly tight race, reports Jason Garcia of the Orlando Sentinel.

Dorworth, who is line to become speaker of the Florida House in 2014, leads Democratic challenger Mike Clelland, 40 percent to 37 percent, according to a summary of the results prepared by The Kitchens Group, a Maitland-based polling firm.  That’s within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 5.5 percentage points. The remaining 23 percent are undecided.

One-in-four respondents — 25 percent — had an “unfavorable” or “very unfavorable” opinion of Dorworth … Only 16 percent had a “favorable” or “very favorable” opinion of him and 59 percent had no opinion.

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