New HD 68 polling shows race shifting to Dwight Dudley over Bill Young in past month

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During the past month, new polling shows first-time GOP challenger Bill Young II slipping behind in the race against Democratic state Rep. Dwight Dudley for House District 68.

In a Sept. 15 survey of likely voters conducted by StPetePolls, the race was virtually tied, with Dudley leading 47-46 percent and 6 percent undecided. In the latest survey, taken October 14, the topline trend shows a shift towards Dudley, as his lead increased to nearly thirteen points, 54 to 41 percent, and  more than 5 percent of respondents undecided.

In the same poll of HD 68 voters, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist maintains a 20-point lead over incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott. That is up from an 11-point advantage in September.

Scott receives 35 percent of likely voters, versus nearly 55 percent for former Gov. Crist.

Libertarian Adrian Wyllie also boosted his share to over 7 percent, a point higher than in September, while three percent of those polled remain undecided.

Commissioned by SaintPetersBlog, pollsters randomly selected survey respondents within registered voters of HD 68, with only those voters saying they were planning to vote included in the results. The sample size was 503, with a +/- 4.4 percent margin of error and a 95 percent confidence level.

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