Democrat Murphy’s poll shows him tied with Allen Westby George Bennett | May 10th, 2012
Democrat Patrick Murphy‘s campaign today released its own poll that shows him tied with Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, in the new Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district where the two are running.
The survey by veteran Democratic pollster Keith Frederick shows the race tied at 45 percent apiece, with 10 percent undecided. The same poll shows Republican Mitt Romney leading President Obama by a 49-to-46 percent margin in the district.
West represents Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 22, but when redistricting gave that district a Democratic tilt, he announced he would run in the new District 18, which is fairly evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.
West campaign manager Tim Edson scoffed at Murphy’s poll, but declined to offer any information on polling the West campaign has done.
“We do not discuss strategy or internal survey numbers,” Edson said. “This ‘poll’ is a pathetic commentary on Patrick Murphy and his campaign. If he is going to concoct poll numbers, he should at least show himself in the lead.”