Raul Martinez Leads Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Speaker Nancy Pelosi would like nothing more than to add a few more people with a (D) after their names do her bidding in the U.S. House of Representatives, and her wish looks like it could come true in a historically Republican Miami district.
Incumbent Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, of Florida's 21st, is trailing in a new poll conducted by Roll Call -- but only slightly. His challenger, notorious former Hialeah mayor Raul Martinez, scored 48 percent of those surveyed to Diaz-Balart's 46.
Diaz-Balart is crushing Martinez in the Cuban vote (70 percent to 28) . But Martinez has made up ground with non-Cuban Hispanics, non-Hispanic whites, and African Americans. He also leads among younger voters.
Meanwhile, McCain and Obama are tied in the district with 48 percent each.
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Democrats have targeted three Miami congressional seats held by Republicans that they believe could be captured. Rep. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is facing Annette Taddeo, while Lincoln's little bro, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, is facing Dade County Democratic Chairman Joe Garcia.
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