Joe Garcia Leads According to Democrat Polls, David Rivera Leads According to Republican Poll
Is controversy-laden Republican congressman David Rivera cruising to re-election in District 26? Depends on whose numbers you look at. Two polls commissioned by Democratic PACs show challenger Joe Garcia with a sizable lead. Of course, an internal poll released by Rivera's own campaign shows him in the lead.
In an initial head to head match-up, Joe Garcia leads David Rivera by 9 points (50 to 41 percent). Garcia enjoys a 4-point edge among self-described Independent voters (43 to 39 percent). Rivera's weakness in this match-up is clearly linked to doubts about his performance in office; just 30 percent of likely voters rate his job performance favorably, while 46 percent rate it negatively. Asked how well a series of words and phrases describe Rivera, 54 percent said they view him as 'a typical politician.'
A poll [pdf link] released about a week before commissioned by Howard Dean's Democracy For America PAC also showed Garcia with a lead. That poll says 46 percent of voters are behind Garcia, while just 39 percent are behind Rivera. 16 percent are undecided.
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