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Allen West: Mitt and momentum?

Mitt Romney's "Free and Strong America PAC" today tossed its support behind Allen West, the tea party backed challenger to Rep. Ron Klein.

Romney's PAC says its highlighting 10 Republican challengers in "critical 2010 battleground House contests." Also benefitting:  Sandy Adams, who is challenging Rep. Suzanne Kosmas.

The backing comes as a new poll by Sunshine State News shows West with a within-the-margin of error lead over Klein, 47 to 44 percent . The Washington Post includes the race in a story that notes how this year's races will be the most expensive in history: "In Florida, for instance, a new poll shows Rep. Ron Klein, a Democrat once thought to be relatively safe, in a statistical tie with Republican Allen West, a tea party favorite who has been outraising him by better than 2 to 1 in recent weeks."

Klein, for his part, is continuing to hammer West for his ties to a motorcycle magazine, calling on West in a press release to "directly and immediately answer a list of questions about his disturbing association with this magazine."