New poll shows Democrat Joe Garcia up 7 points over Republican incumbent David Rivera in CD 26

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Democracy for America (DFA) has released poll numbers showing Democrat Joe Garcia leading Republican incumbent David Rivera by 7 points (46% – 39%).

In the poll conducted on September 12 and 13 in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, Garcia’s lead increases significantly when voters learn more about the FBI investigation against Rivera from a 7 point lead to a 13 point lead (49%-36%).  A full 66% of likely voters have “serious concerns” or “some concerns” about Rivera being investigated by the FBI and state officials for tax evasion, while 63% have those concerns regarding improper use of campaign funds

“Voters in Florida know that we can’t go back to the same in Congress – that’s why a majority favor Joe Garcia instead of the ethically challenged Rivera,” said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America.

Polling was paid for by Democracy for America and was conducted by Public Policy Polling on September 12th and 13th in a survey of 578 likely voters in Florida’s CD 26. The margin of error for this survey was +/- 4.07%. A Link to these polling results can be found here.  A memo highlighting these polling results can be found here.

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