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Ros-Lehtinen still leading Taddeo in new poll

A poll released Sunday shows that Democrat Annette Taddeo's campaign to unseat Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen continues to face an uphill climb, although Taddeo slightly narrowed the gap between her and Ros-Lehtinen since July.

Ros-Lehtinen leads Taddeo 53 percent to 36 percent in a poll done by Maryland-based Research 2000 for left-wing blog DailyKos. The poll, of 400 likely District 18 voters, showed 10 percent were undecided (and 1 percent would vote for "other"). The margin of error was plus-or-minus 5 percent.

The gap between the two has narrowed some since a poll released in July by Coral Gables-based Bendixen & Associates had Ros-Lehtinen leading the race 58 percent to 31 percent, with 11 percent of voters undecided.

Anastasia Apa, Taddeo's campaign manager, said it was a good sign that Taddeo had narrowed the gap from 27 to 17 percentage points before releasing her TV and radio ads last week.

"Taddeo now is within striking distance of Ros-Lehtinen going into the final phase of the campaign," Apa said in a statement.

She also said that the poll, which was conducted in English, understates the district's Hispanic vote. The sample was 62 percent white and 31 percent Hispanic, according to the Swing State Project.

The R2K poll shows John McCain besting Barack Obama in the district by 15 percentage points - 52 to 37 - with 8 percent undecided and 3 percent choosing "other."

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