HD 65 poll: Republican Chris Sprowls 50%, Carl ZImmermann 46%

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According to the latest poll, House District 65 voters could be prepared to oust Democratic incumbent Carl Zimmermann and add another conservative to the already crimson Legislature.

A St. Pete Polls phone survey of 655 likely voted shows GOP hopeful Chris Sprowls with a razor’s edge lead over his school teacher opponent 50 percent to 46 percent.

House District 65 covers parts of North Pinellas County. Zimmermann won the district from Republican Peter Nehr in 2010 and now the GOP is throwing money at Sprowls to get it back.

The poll also shows the conservative-leaning district favoring Gov. Rick Scott over Charlie Crist 45 percent to 43 percent with Libertarian Adrian Wylie lingering just under 10 percent.

The poll was conducted Monday using the registered voter lists supplied by the state as of Sept. 4. Voters called included random samples of registered voters within the boundaries of House District 65.

The election is Nov. 4.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.