Internal poll shows Democratic challenger even with Rep. Allen West

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"Even at this early stage of the campaign, it's clear that Allen West has a tough road ahead in convincing Treasure Coast and Palm Beach voters that his abrasive, combative style deserves another term in Washington," Murphy said in a statement. "These numbers confirm what we have known for months — that this will be one of the most competitive and closely-watched races in the country."

West is facing a tough reelection battle after redistricting forced him into a new congressional district more evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. Florida's 18th district, where West is now competing, contains less than a quarter of the congressman's current constituents. 

Murphy's poll also measured presidential preference in the district and found presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama 49 percent to 46.

The Hill continues to project this race as a toss-up in its latest round of House election ratings.


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