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Democratic superPAC poll: Joe Garcia 50%, David Rivera 41%

A new, Democratic poll shows Democrat Joe Garcia leading incumbent Republican Rep. David Rivera, 50 percent to 41 percent.

The poll was conducted by the House Majority PAC, a political action committee that backs democrats running for Congress, and the Service Employees international Union. The survey has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.9 percent.

The poll was conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group, a Washington D.C.-based Democratic polling firm. They made live calls in English and Spanish to 400 likely voters from Sept. 8-13.

A poll by the same firm conducted last month for the Garcia campaign showed Garcia ahead of Rivera 49 percent to 40 percent. And a poll released earlier this week by Democracy For America, a liberal PAC founded by Howard Dean, had Garcia up 46 percent to 39 percent.

The Hill, however, reported earlier this week that an internal Rivera poll has the incumbent congressman leading Garcia 44 percent to 38 percent.

Rivera handily defeated Garcia two years ago, 52 percent to 43 percent. Garcia lost to then-incumbent Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart in 2008.

The newly redrawn Congressional District 26, however, is slightly less favorable to Republicans. It stretches from Kendall to Key West.

Read the PAC's release after the jump. The full memo is here.


Garcia Up Nine; Corruption Scandals Increase Serious Doubts About Rivera 

Washington, D.C. – House Majority PAC and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today released a poll that shows Democrat Joe Garcia leading scandal-plagued Republican David Rivera by nine points, 50 to 41 percent. 

Garcia not only enjoys a sizable lead over Rivera, but Rivera is well underwater on his favorability ranking. Just 30 percent of likely voters rank his performance in office as favorable, while 46 percent view it unfavorably. 

President Obama leads Mitt Romney in this district 54 to 41 percent. 

A full memo from the polling firm, the Benenson Strategy Group, is available here: 

“Under investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies, David Rivera is clearly one of the most ethically-challenged, scandal-plagued members of Congress,” said Alixandria Lapp, Executive Director of House Majority PAC. “But what’s worse is the anti-middle class voting record he’s racked up in just a short time in Washington: gutting Medicare, cutting education and infrastructure funding and giving tax breaks to the wealthiest among us.”

“Joe Garcia is going to roll his sleeves up for Florida’s working families,” said Monica Russo, president of SEIU Florida State Council. “Joe understands the difficulties facing many Floridians and Americans alike and will bring solutions including having access to affordable healthcare, the need for good jobs as well as ensuring that everyone pay their fair share and play by the same rules. Unlike his opponent, Joe will stand up and fight to ensure that Medicare won’t be cut in order to give millionaires another tax break.”