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Libertarian Congressional Candidate Polls 31% in Florida

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Lucas Overby, the Libertarian Party candidate for Congress from Florida’s 13th District, is polling at 31 percent, according to a new survey.

One of the reasons Overby is doing so well is because Democratic challenger Ed Jany dropped out of the race. This left just Overby to face the Republican incumbent, David Jolly.

Without a Democrat in the race, Overby is spending much of his time winning support from those on the political left.

The candidate told an assembled crowd, “I have never, ever found an area where a Republican candidate actually represented all of my ideals.” (1)

This new poll found 43 percent of Democrats in the district say they will vote for the Libertarian.

Overby is also showing the ability to raise large sums of money in the race. Recently, he raised more than $10,000 in a single weekend.

Congressman Jolly has the support of 47 percent of respondents to the poll, 17 points above his third-party challenger. Almost 22 percent of Florida residents in the district say they are unsure of who will win their vote.

The 13th Congressional District in Florida is considered to be a swing seat by many political observers. The Congressional race there tends to favor Republicans, but Obama won the region in 2012. This could signal the rise of a strong Democratic base there, who could keep the seat from Republicans by supporting Overby.

Third party wins to Congress are extremely rare. The Libertarian Party, founded in 1971, has never won a seat in the law-making halls of Washington. The organization has won seats to the statehouses in Alaska and New Hampshire.

The polling was conducted by, on 4 June. The group surveyed 1,121 people in the Sunshine State.


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