CD 2 Moved to Toss Up
National political analysts long ago wrote of the chances for the Democrats to pick up this seat but as we’ve reported for weeks, Democrat Al Lawson has had lots of momentum on the ground despite the general trend against Democrats at all other levels across the state. Recent polling has confirmed our feeling that this race was getting closer. A composite average of polling provided by Talking Points Memo indicates this race is a dead heat.
CD 9 Remains Leans Democrat
Todd Long is over performing relative to past Republicans according to recent polls. Alan Grayson’s continued inability to put away Long despite a sizable campaign war chest will be encouraging for any future Republican challenger.
CD 18 Remains Leans Republican
Last week we felt that with the movement in the polls recently all favoring the GOP at the top of the ticket, down-ballot races are being profoundly affected. The combination of growing Romney strength on the Treasure Coast as well as Allen West’s negative ads prompted us to move this race into the “Leans Republican” column. The Republican turnout apparatus in the area is far more advanced and impressive than the Democratic turnout infrastructure and in a close race they must be favored. Now that West’s ad campaign has raised Murphy’s negatives, West will have an advantage, though not an overwhelming one heading into the final weeks of the campaign.
Additionally, last week’s debate between the two candidates was won handily by West. Murphy’s inexperience as a candidate and the poor Democratic infrastructure in this area have become major liabilities in recent weeks. West, much like Grayson is a polarizing figure but is in a favorable district and should win.
CD 22 Moved to Toss Up
Republican Adam Hasner has done a remarkable job of reinventing himself following years of overt right-wing dogma. More on this race here.
CD-26 Remains Toss-Up
Based on my personal experience, I trust very few polls done in Cuban-American areas of Miami-Dade County if done by a non Hispanic/Latino local pollster. Based on this, I am not sure polls done in English language by non local firms can be relied upon. Most of these polls show Garcia with a decisive advantage, but in the past these polls have almost always exaggerated Democratic strengths. Still David Rivera will need a heavy turnout among older Cuban-Americans to win. This area is trending towards the Democrats and it is entirely possible this is one of the only places in the country where Obama will be much stronger in 2012 than he was in 2008. Garcia is a slight favorite, but by no means a strong bet at this point.
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