According to a new Sunshine State News poll, Palin-endorsed congressional candidate Daniel Webster is maintaining a firm 7-point lead in Florid's 8th district, well positioned to send "increasingly malodorous" incumbent Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson back to the sewer he slithered out of:
Webster, a former state senator, leads Grayson, D-Orlando, 48-41... In a previous poll, conducted Sept. 25, Webster led Grayson 43-36, an identical 7-point margin.Grayson, who apparently suffers from a psychological disorder somewhat akin to Tourette's Syndrome on steroids, has accused Gov. Palin of inciting "zombie minions to take me out, like she was trying to shoot a moose from a helicopter." He went so far as to compare the seriousness of the "death threats" to "John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X," and "John Lennon."
"Webster has to be the favorite here. Grayson has failed to turn his negative image around, and is still viewed in a negative light by a 55-38 margin," said Jim Lee, president of Voter Survey Service, which conducted both polls. "This means Grayson has very little if any room to grow."
"The key difference in the poll when compared to last time is that Webster is surging with independents, now leading them by a 48-33 margin over Grayson, which is a reversal from a 42-33 Grayson lead in the last poll (a net swing of 24 points)," Lee reported.
Kathy Mears, a spokeswoman for Webster, said, "Although we are being outspent and deluged with some of the most negative and dirtiest ads in the country, we do sense a great deal of support from voters in the district. We trust that our positive message will win the day in Central Florida."
Since the Sunshine State News Poll shows Webster’s margin widening to 11 points among voters who say they are most likely to cast ballots (51-40), Lee projected that the Republican could top 50 percent on election night.
Even though both Webster and Grayson have increased their support in their respective bases (Webster up 7 with Republicans, Grayson up 8), the swing of independents against Grayson could prove to be his undoing.
And the congressman's rising unfavorable rating -- now worse than Obama's -- appears to be downright lethal.
"Grayson’s favorable-unfavorable image is now a staggering negative ratio of 55-30, compared to a negative 47-36 ratio in September, so it’s apparent his TV campaign has completely backfired," Lee said.
In her rousing speech at the GOP rally in Orlando over the weekend, Gov. Palin referred to Grayson as a jackwagon:
"So many candidates around here running for the right reasons. You've got Rick Scott and Allen West. And you've got Pam Bondi. And Steve Southerland. And you've got Daniel Webster. OK, running against you know who. OK, we've got to stop just for one minute here with this one. The word that comes to mind, jackwagon. For some reason I think of Allen Grayson and jackwagon. Please, for the rest of the country, may that one-term wonder be retired, too. Please vote for Daniel Webster. Veterans for Webster."Puzzled liberals took to the Web to express their ignorance of Sarah Palin's use of the jackwagon term. It's little wonder the military-hating left does not recognize the word. It's slang coined by U.S. troops to designate a useless person or a piece of equipment that doesn't function properly.