A mid-October poll commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee found that Democrat Val Demings is trailing U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden, by two percentage points — well within the poll’s five-point margin of error.
As such, the poll would represent another sign the race remains close; in late September another DCCC poll showed Demings down five points to Webster in Florida’s 10th Congressional District. But the Webster campaign quickly dismissed the results — which were done through a live poll of 401 likely district voters between Oct. 11 to Oct. 14 — as late and inaccurate.
“This outdated poll is nothing but a campaign gimmick to ease the anxieties of liberal donors who have poured over $4 million into a race that is no longer competitive. Releasing a DCCC-sponsored poll nearly two weeks after it was taken is at best political negligence and at worst partisan desperation,” said Kirsten Borman, a consultant to the Webster campaign.
Not surprisingly, the DCCC sees it differently.
“As more Floridians have found out about career politician Congressman Dan Webster’s record of cozying up with lobbyists, they are rejecting Webster’s wrong priorities that put special interests ahead of middle class Floridians and seniors,” said DCCC spokeswoman Stephanie Formas.