Third-party candidate impacting race for HD 68; Farkas now trailing Dudley by four with libertarian in the mix

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Just a week ago, polling showed Republican Frank Farkas with a narrow 1.5% lead over Democrat Dwight Dudley in House District 68.  But that was without accounting for NPA candidate Matt Weidner, a libertarian who could siphon votes away from Farkas.

This appears to be the scenario in the latest survey from St. Pete Polls. Farkas now trails Dudley 43.1% to 47.3% among “active” voters who have participated in at least one election over the last four years. Weidner pulls 4.8% of the vote, with the same amount of voters undecided.

Among registered voters, regardless of voting history, Farkas is at 44.1%, while Dudley is at 44.2%.

A week ago, Farkas was at 45.5% in the polls, with Dudley at 44.0%.

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

The poll was conducted Oct. 15 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.

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