Bill Mitchell climbing in the polls
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07/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Increasingly, Democrats in Washington are expressing confidence that one congressional district seat that they can move from red to blue is Florida’s 9th District, where GOP freshman Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor is seeking re-election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign committee has called the contest one of the top 20 emerging in the country, and have said that former Plant City Mayor John Dicks was among Democratic candidates nationally who "have generated excitement in their districts for their campaigns of change."

But one of his opponents, Carrollwood attorney Bill Mitchell, is showing new polling that is favorable to his candidacy.

The internal poll, conducted by Momentum Analysis in Washington, shows that Mitchell has a higher name recognition than Dicks or Anita DePalma, the third candidate in the race.

The poll indicates that two-thirds of those in the sprawling 9th Congressional District are undecided, some six weeks before the Democratic primary. Mitchell's background on investigating oil companies and his history on veterans issues play extremely well with those polled.

The question for the Mitchell campaign is how they can get their message out before the primary.

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