FL-18: Allen West leads Democratic opponent

Allen West

With roughly two weeks left before election day, Rep. Allen West, the controversial Florida Republican and former Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, leads his Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy, in Florida’s Eighteenth Congressional District, according to a survey put out last week:

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is leading his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy by nine points, according to a new FLDemocracy/WPTV/TCPalm poll released Thursday.

Among likely voters surveyed, 51 percent support West and 42 percent back Murphy. Eight percent are undecided.
The battle for the 18 th congressional district, which includes Martin, St. Lucie and northern Palm Beach counties, is one of the closest watched races in the country. The race has been characterized by a flood of advertising—most of which is coming from West who has outspent his Democratic challenger by 4-1.

Jim Geraghty notes that another poll shows the race being much closer, though West still holds a 1-point lead over Murphy. West, who has been endeared by conservatives for being so outspoken, has raised a substantial amount of money for his re-election, bringing in $4 million in the most recent quarter, far more than the $1 million raised by his opponent, who has had help from former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

While he presents himself as a solid conservative, scorecards from conservative groups don’t reflect West as a good steward of taxpayer dollars. West earned a 64% in the Club for Growth’s congressional scorecard earlier this year and a 73% from FreedomWorks. That leaves a lot to be desire from someone who was put in office with support from the Tea Party movement.

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