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FL: Buchanan Leads Rematch

If Rep. Vern Buchanan, a freshman Florida Republican, survived the 2006 election cycle, he might be able to survive anything. Buchanan, who won a narrow victory in 2006 over Democrat Christine Jennings, is well ahead in a rematch, a new Republican poll shows.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the National Republican Congressional Committee, surveyed 400 likely voters for a margin of error of +/- 4.9%. Buchanan and Jennings were tested, along with independent candidates Jan Schneider and Dan Baldauf.

General Election Matchup
Buchanan.......48 (+4 from last, 7/08)
Jennings.......30 (no change)
Schneider.......6
Baldauf.........1

Buchanan is seen favorably by 47% of district residents, while 27% view him unfavorably. Jennings, meanwhile, has considerably lower name recognition, with 36% seeing her favorably and 29% seeing her unfavorably.

The Republican has an ambitious paid media plan and a significant fundraising advantage over Jennings.

National Democrats have reserved their own airtime to augment Jennings', and the party is hammering Buchanan over lawsuits filed by former employees of companies he owns. Those employees say they were coerced into supporting his campaign.