Sunshine State News poll: Allen West 49%, Patrick Murphy 48%

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Even as a Patrick Murphy supporter, I’m surprised that Murphy is still this close to West. Almost all of the polling I’ve seen shows West pulling away from Murphy, yet…

A Sunshine State News poll of 752 “Likely” voters conducted by Harrisburg, Pa.-based Voter Survey Service (VSS) gave a slight, 49 percent to 48 percent edge to West — with just 3 percent remaining undecided entering the final weeks of the Congressional District 18 contest.

Jim Lee, president of VSS, called the so-far-$18.3 million contest “razor thin.” He nevertheless givers the overall edge to West because the district leans conservative and because President Obama is underperforming in the district compared to his 2008 results.

“It’s our understanding that other publicly released polling has been all over the lot on this race –- some showing Murphy leading, others showing West in the hunt, so this one seems to show the truth could be closer to a dead heat,” Lee wrote.

“Both candidates have high negatives, presumably because the ads have been so nasty, with mudslinging on competing criminal charges for both,” Lee added. “It’s hard to make the case that either has much room to grow when voters are so polarized on their candidates.”

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