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Democratic poll says Allen West-Patrick Murphy race a virtual tie

by George Bennett | August 30th, 2012

TAMPA — Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy is in a virtual tie with U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Palm Beach Gardens, in a new poll being trumpeted today by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The DCCC said a poll it commissioned by Grove Insights gives Murphy a 47-to-46 percent edge. The survey of 400 likely voters was taken Aug. 21-24 with a 4.9 percent margin of error.

The DCCC released a three-paragraph pollster’s memo but not the complete poll. The memo says West is viewed favorably by 43 percent of District 18 voters and unfavorably by 38 percent. His job approval/disapproval percentages are 41/52.

West campaign manager Tim Edson but declined to reveal any of West’s internal polling numbers.

“I think we are doing very well,” West said earlier in the day after a Florida delegation breakfast. “I take nothing for granted. I believe in the Colin Powell theory of military operations — that you use overwhelming force and power to crush your opposition.”

West has been running mostly positive TV ads since June to try to define himself to a mostly new set of voters in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18. Murphy has run ads for the past month that criticize West, and a PAC backed by $250,000 from Murphy’s father has run an attack ad against West as well.

West on Wednesday called Murphy a “chump” and today criticized his challenger, who is a vice president in his family construction business, for not agreeing to West’s request for four debates.

“I find it absolutely amazing that an incumbent is the one asking for debates and the challenger is runing away from it. I think it’s hilarious,” West said.

The candidates have mutually agreed to one debate so far.


35 Responses to “Democratic poll says Allen West-Patrick Murphy race a virtual tie”

  1. Spilled Milk Says:

    A virtual tie — yeah, right. West is going to crush this guy so bad.

  2. West not fit for office Says:

    Such great news! I am not in this district, but I am donating to the Murphy campaign. I think West’s positions are too extreme and his approach is just the opposite of what we need in Congress. We need reasonable people who will work with those of the opposing party to reach solutions. West’s incendiary and take no prisoners approach is unproductive and unwelcome. I will work very hard to make sure he does not return to Washington.

  3. Koch Brother Says:

    If West loses, he may well go out in a blaze of glory…He should lose his job not only for the crazy statements he has made(80 Communists in the House of Reps) but also for his inability to ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. At least Murphy wants to compromise.

  4. Dee Says:

    West I hope you lose because you are a fake and a liar. You were discharged from the military with no honors.

  5. Mary Says:

    West can never pass on mentioning his military background. Perhaps that’s because he has nothing else to brag about. As a member of Congress he has accomplished exactly nothing other than spit out invectives.

  6. mr scam man Says:

    Mr Scam man

  7. Whatever Says:

    This poll is clearly a fraud.
    How can Bennett let this go through without even being allowed to view the methodology.
    Did they perhaps oversample Democrats in a highly Republican district to get the results they wanted?
    My media outlet refuses to run crap like this without proper vetting.
    Obviously the Post has no such integrity.

  8. Farmer Says:

    I love allen west

  9. Franklin Says:

    this isn’t a highly republican district. it’s 38 GOP 37 Dem 25 ind. according to the fl legislature. obama won it in 2008!

  10. David Says:

    West, the self made man, never earned a dollar that was not paid by a tax payer. The man is a bully, so much so, he retired from the Arny rather than face Court Marshall for prisoner abuse. He now collects a Federal military pension and free TriCare, a health plac the rest of us can only dream of, and he is now collecting his congressional pay. Talk about being on the public dole.

  11. JR Says:

    Hey Dems get ready for a tea party tsunami! You guys are toast.

  12. ted Says:

    Murphy is the epitome of a low life trying to have something to do without daddy. What is he going to do, what his his position on issues, nobody knows all he can do his put out negative adds paid for bu….DADDY. What a spoiled rich kid.

  13. Bob Says:

    I’m just so glad he won’t be our Representative any more. He knew he had no chance of beating Frankel, so he decided to change districts. Is he still living in Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s District? The man never even lived in our district while he was supposed to represent us. Plus, contrary to his misconception, he is NOT “the incumbent”. He is the carpetbagger from Broward County looking for a safe place to run. Looks like he didn’t find it.

  14. jebamoni4 Says:

    West is a thug, bullu , roue and a war criminal. Hhas lined up blogers to praise him as a war heroe. Thousands of military personnel retired with glory, not like this thug.

  15. Derek Brinson Says:

    I love Allen West!!! And yes he mentions his military career because that is an amazing accomplishment and he should be proud and he has earned the right to mention it. I think America needs more men like Allen West!!!!

  16. HankS Says:

    Voters in the Treasure Coast want to see Rep. West and Murphy square off in several real public debates. Time for Murphy to stop dancing around excuses and face Congressman West. You can run but you can’t hide, Mr. Murphy.

  17. Eve Williams Says:

    The rest of the country is watching this race, mainly because of the dirty videos that Murphy had his daddy put out for him

    If Florida falls for this cowardly daddy’s boy, then they deserve the lousy representation that they will get

    …well unless Congress lets Murphy bring his Daddy to work with him.

  18. Eve Williams Says:

    Uh, Bob Dear

    Maybe you need to learn how politics work, because you certainly do not understand this situation at all.

    West did NOT choose to change districts. Washington,DC made the decision.
    He had no choice.

    Who would want to run 2 expensive campaigns back to back, especially
    since he would not have had to run
    for another 5 years.

    Your comment is just silly and foolish

  19. Forgone Conclusion Says:

    West has been a lousy Congressman but apparently that’s OK for GOP/Teabaggers. West doesn’t respond to his constituents correspondence, he just sends an automatic email that promises a reply that NEVER comes. One thing we will remember about Allen West and that is his big mouth.. It doesn’t accomplish ANYTHING but he gets lots of press. Lots of wind, no substance, an empty suit, that’s Allen West.

  20. Commadorable Says:

    Look no further than the title!”Democratic poll says Allen West-Patrick Murphy race a virtual tie” Who cares what the DCCC says? A Republican Poll would show West winning by a landslide! This is so ludicrous, but of course the ignorant will take this as gospel! Once again, Murphy doesn’t have a leg or a platform to stand on, so they poll his followers and even then, he only comes up even! How funny is that?

  21. Franklin Says:

    Eve you’re the one who doesn’t understand it at all. West chose to move districts so he wouldn’t have to run against Rooney in the GOP primary. nothing was dictated by Washington. the Florida legislature drew the new map. West decided which district he wanted to run in.

    and your comment about running back to back campaigns. i’m not even sure what you’re talking about. ALL house members are up EVERY two years. it’s in the constitution.

  22. RUSerious Says:

    Allen West has never earned a penny that didn’t originate from the U.S. taxpayer. His military record is appalling, and his congressional performance shameful. The sooner this embarrassment to America is replaced with Patrick Murphy’s voice of reason the better.

  23. Alex Says:

    Barack Obama has never earned a penny that didn’t originate from the US taxpayer. His senate record was appalling, and his presidential performace shameful. The sooner this embarassment to America is replace with Mitt Romney’s voice of reason the better.

  24. Joseph L Cooke Says:

    The poll was conducted by a company run by a long time leftist chick and has as much value as a used Toyota floor mat.

    Great research, POP.

  25. Mary Says:

    First, Eve needs a civics lesson. Her entire post reveals her ignorance about how the system works.

    As far as others talking about results of a Democratic poll versus what they think a GOP poll would tell really confirms one basic fact: Don’t believe polls.

    West would be more justified in bragging about his military record if he hadn’t been threatened with court martial. He does it because he has nothing else to brag about. His record of accomplishment is zero unless you count his ability to keep a media spotlight on him by being irresponsible and outrageous.

    Hank, how dare you and West complain about how many debates Murphy will agree to. Have you forgotten that West refused to debate his primary opponent even once? Hypocrites!

  26. Searcher Says:

    Eve and Franklin have some factual “issues”. The game of musical chairs was coordinated by Repub party bosses. Rooney vacated his current east coast district to run on the west coast, in a sliver of his old district, in order to open up a Treasure Coast district for West to run in. West would have lost in his current district since it shifted to more Democrat voters. And Eve, West is in the House of Reps. They have to run every 2 years, whether they want to or not….

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  28. jerry smith Says:

    Never is there a better example of the new world order in America than this comment site. A real man speaks like a real man. Who could satisfy the whims and fancies of our social-seeking culture of dependency these days without offending the watered down culture of peace at any cost people reading today’s floundering news print media. As the culture weakens, so do the common senses of our people and the power of reason and common ground deflate.
    West is a reincarnation from the last generation of great Americans. His skin scares the other side to death, fearing he could forge a path of freedom for all hiding behind race and social dependency. If ever there were a time to do our homework this is surely that time.

  29. William Carr Says:

    “Alex Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 10:40 am
    Barack Obama has never earned a penny that didn’t originate from the US taxpayer.”

    Barack Obama worked in the Private Sector as an attorney, Sad Sack.

  30. William Carr Says:

    “His skin scares the other side to death, fearing he could forge a path of freedom for all hiding behind race and social dependency”

    No, his skin means nothing. His tendency to torture prisoners is a problem though.

    And your “social dependency” fantasy is the usual Republican double-speak. People don’t miraculously spring out of poverty when faced with starvation.

  31. Commadorable Says:

    There is no record of Obama ever having worked as an attorney. It is on record, however, that both he and his wife had to surrender their law licenses due improper dealings.

  32. Mary Says:


    Is that true or did you hear it on Fox News?

    If not Fox News or Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, provide a credible source for that accusation.

  33. Commadorable Says:

    Check it yourself with the list of Ill attnys. No one goes through the trouble of getting a law degree, only to voluntarily give it up.

  34. Mary Says:

    I could spend hours every day disproving right wing conspiracy theories. YOU made the assertion. YOU should be able to support it.
    Just give me your source.

  35. Carol Ottinger Says:

    I see West still can not say 3 words without calling someone a name. Murphy is a chump, other congressman are communists…….he’s a piece of work and not only unbecoming to the uniform he wore, unbecoming to that of a Congressman.

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