Race of the Day: Murphy vs. Domino in Florida

Image: Patrick Murphy
In this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, Patrick Murphy, the Democratic challenger to Rep. Allen West, (R-Fla) in District 18, poses for a photo at his campaign office in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Lynne Sladky / AP

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Democratic incumbent Patrick Murphy is the favorite in this race over Republican Carl Domino, who won a fractious GOP primary with just 38.4% of the vote. Murphy, a political newcomer in 2012, defeated polarizing Republican (and fundraising behemoth) Allen West two years ago by fewer than 2,000 votes.