BY BUDDY NEVINS
A new poll released Wednesday showed Democratic Lois Frankel with a 10 point lead over Republican Adam Hasner in the key House District 22 race.
In it, Frankel is leading Hasner by 49 to 39 percent.
One caveat: The poll was done by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The DCCC said the poll was done Oct. 10 and involved 450 likely voters. It has a margin of error plus or minus 4.6 percent.
The latest poll is dramatically different than a poll competed just five days earlier on Oct. 5 of 407 likely voters by St. Pete Polls. That one had Hasner with 44.6 percent to Frankel’s 44.3 percent. The margin of error was 4.9 percent plus or minus.
The two met in a debate at the Palm Beach Post today, which can be found here.
Here is an earlier story:
Democrats are worried, very worried.
The supposed Democratic-leaning U. S. House District 22 is looking more and more like a possible loss.
U. S. House District 22, which stretches from northern Palm Beach County to Central mostly east Broward County, leans Democratic.
A poll earlier this month indicated the race is neck-and-neck between candidates Lois Frankel, the Democrat, and Adam Hasner, the Republican.
That might be okay if Frankel was swimming in money. However, Hasner has twice the cash in the bank – roughly $680,000 to $381,000.
And Frankel has proved to be an unexciting, if not boring campaigner, complain fellow Democrats.
She also apparently has a long line of political foes from her decades in the Florida House and as mayor of West Palm Beach.
“She’s a disaster,” a well-known Broward Democrat said. “She should be doing a lot better.”
Hasner has been flooding the district with mailed advertising aimed at the independent that could make a difference. One independent told Browardbeat.com that he estimates he received a dozen pieces from Hasner.
This same independent – a likely voter who has never missed an election – has received no mail from Frankel.
Democrats are complaining that Hasner has been hiding his past as a ultra-conservative supporter of Tea Party-like positions.
Whatever Hasner’s past, Frankel’s was much better known in Palm Beach County at the beginning of this race. She has been embroiled in political infighting in that county for years and those on the losing end of these battles remember her role.
“She has brought a lot of baggage into this race,” another Democrat said.
The question is whether she can win despite the baggage.