Poll: Grayson Falls 7 Behind Webster After Smear-tastic Campaign Blitz
10:20 AM, Sep 29, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
It turns out smearing your mainstream Republican, Baptist opponent as Talibanesque by altering video of him doesn't play that well in a moderate House district or among Independents.
Thanks to his ridiculous rhetoric and just-released "Taliban Dan" ad, Rep. Alan Grayson is now running seven points behind Republican Dan Webster, according to a Sunshine State Poll.
In another unsurprising development, Grayson may be running behind because people think he's a giant jerk who says insane things about political opponents:
He's "even more unpopular" than the president in the district, according to the pollster, but particularly among Independent voters, where he has a 47 percent negative rating, compared to Obama's 37.
While Grayson has opened an opportunity for Webster, he still must contend with two other candidates on the ballot. Peg Dunmire is running on the TEA Party ticket, and is reportedly spending hundreds of thousands of her own money on the race. She is garnering 6 percent of the vote in this poll, and taking 10 percent of the Republican vote. George Metcalfe is pulling 3 percent, but is doing well among Independents.
H/t Hot Air.