Poll suggests Vern Buchanan is vulnerable

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Vern Buchanan, who was outraised last quarter by his Democratic opponent Keith Fitzgerald, leads by eight points, 44-36, in a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling and first shared with Politico’s Morning Score. “19% are still undecided with just over three months to go, making this a potentially tight race,” PPP’s Dustin Ingalls writes. “This district leans slightly Republican, but with the incumbent’s campaign finance woes, this is definitely a winnable seat for Democrats […] 40% view Buchanan favorably, but almost as many (37%) unfavorably.’ Democrats will relentless hammer the NRCC finance chairman as ethically challenged this fall, which they think could shrink the margin. Read the memo here.

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