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More Doubts Arise Over Grayson's '40 Percent' in CD8 Poll

The five-way race in Central Florida's 8th Congressional District gets more and more interesting.

Republican Daniel Webster's camp tells me that Rep. Alan Grayson's internal poll showing the Democrat with 40 percent of the vote bore no resemblance to reality. The poll showed Webster with 27 percent and the remaining 33 percent "other" or undecided.

Yesterday, NPA candidate George Metcalfe added his skepticism.

"Grayson won in 2008 with 52 percent of the vote, which mirrors the support given to Barack Obama in the same election. Obamas numbers have fallen, but unlike President Obama, Mr. Grayson has insulted and antagonized his voters with malicious and egotistic tirades," said Metcalfe, who calls himself a conservative independent.

Metcalfe estimates Grayson's support is "somewhere in the low to mid 20s, maybe 26 percent."

The field certainly appears to be splintered with TEA candidate Peg Dunmire raising respectable chunks of money and write-in (Whig) candidate Steve Gerritzen also in the mix.

Though highly unscientific and right-leaning, www.gradegov.com purports to show Democrats in the district giving Grayson an "F," and only 5 percent of the respondents saying they would re-elect him.

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