It turns out smearing your mainstream Republican, Baptist opponent as Talibanesque by altering video of him doesn't play that well in a moderate House district or among Independents.

Thanks to his ridiculous rhetoric and just-released "Taliban Dan" ad, Rep. Alan Grayson is now running seven points behind Republican Dan Webster, according to a Sunshine State Poll.

Webster, a former state senator, leads the freshman congressman 43-36 in the survey of 559 likely voters conducted Sept. 25-27. TEA ("Taxed Enough Already") Party candidate Peg Dunmire drew 6 percent and NPA hopeful George Metcalfe garnered 3 percent, while 9 percent remained undecided (2 percent cited "other" and 1 percent refused to state).

In another unsurprising development, Grayson may be running behind because people think he's a giant jerk who says insane things about political opponents:

Digging deeper, the numbers look even worse for Grayson as 51 percent of respondents said they had an unfavorable view of the Orlando-area congressman. "Grayson has real problems here," said Jim Lee, president of Voter Survey Service, which conducted the poll for Sunshine State News.

He's "even more unpopular" than the president in the district, according to the pollster, but particularly among Independent voters, where he has a 47 percent negative rating, compared to Obama's 37.

While Grayson has opened an opportunity for Webster, he still must contend with two other candidates on the ballot. Peg Dunmire is running on the TEA Party ticket, and is reportedly spending hundreds of thousands of her own money on the race. She is garnering 6 percent of the vote in this poll, and taking 10 percent of the Republican vote. George Metcalfe is pulling 3 percent, but is doing well among Independents.

H/t Hot Air.

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