Poll of HD 68 early voters: Republican Frank Farkas 45.0%, Democrat Dwight Dudley 44.7%

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Republican Frank Farkas has opened a narrow lead over Democrat Dwight Dudley among early voters in the race for battleground House District 68.

According to a new survey conducted by St. Pete Polls, Farkas is at 45.0%, while Dudley is at 44.7% with voters who say they have voted absentee or early. Dudley has a wide lead among remaining likely voters, leading Farkas 45.6% to 37.6%, with 16.7% undecided or voting for NPA candidate Matt Weidner.

Newly drawn, District 68 includes an eastern portion of Pinellas County, encompassing Pinellas Park and northern parts of St. Petersburg.

The poll was conducted Nov. 1 and has a margin of error of +/- 5.3%.

As for the veracity of St. Pete Polls data, I wrote this analysis about their numbers vs. actual results and determined, “Its results in the most important races outweigh its askew numbers in down-ballot campaigns. Moreover, the residents and voters involved in these races should be grateful for St. Pete Polls’ contribution to the public debate.”

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