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Patrick Murphy Leading Allen West in Latest PPP Poll

There's one more week of campaigning (*party streamers and fireworks!*), and polls show an ever-tightening race between Allen West and Patrick Murphy.

In August, the DCCC polling people reported a tied race. Then, on October 1, the Garin-Hart-Yang poll reported Murphy with a lead.

Now comes a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll, which was conducted on October 25 and 26, showing Murphy with a 48 to 47 percent lead (with a 3.9 percent margin of error).

See also:
-Allen West and Patrick Murphy Are All Tied Up
-Allen West Down by 9 to Patrick Murphy
-Marco Rubio Endorses Allen West

PPP surveyed 631 likely Floridian voters. Asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Colonel Commie Hunter, 49 percent said unfavorable, 45 favorable, and 5 percent said they really have no idea one way or the other.

Allen West moved to Florida's 18th District pretty much because it's heavily conservative, which meant reelection would be a cakewalk.

Now, suddenly, a scrappy challenger is not only taking it to him in the polls but raising quite a bit of dough himself. In fact, according to the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, this race for District 18 has been the costliest in the nation. A total of $22.5 million has been raised between the two candidates, which is just bananas.

Both candidates have put out nasty ads, sent out mailers, and pretty much bombarded people with their message. And it seems that Murphy -- once considered a longshot -- has a Rocky Balboa's chance at knocking West out and taking the seat from him.

Now, with just a week away from the election (seriously, how fantastic is it that it's a week away?), House Majority PAC is putting out two new ads it hopes can be the deciding blow to West.

Looks like West better call down his bald eagle death angel!

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