Raul Martinez

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.

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.

--Kyle Munzenrieder

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