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Highly touted Republican recruit Tim Griffin is in very good shape in the open-seat race in Arkansas’ 2nd district with less than three months to go before the election, according to a poll conducted for the Arkansas-based independent group Talk Business.

The automated phone survey, which was done by Talk Business and Hendrix College on Tuesday, showed Griffin ahead of state Sen. Joyce Elliott (D) 52 percent to 35 percent with 9 percent undecided.

The poll of 716 likely voters had a 3.7-point margin of error.

Griffin had a wide lead over Elliott among independents, 67 percent to Elliott’s 20 percent. He also begins the race with a lead in all eight counties of the district, including a narrow one in Pulaski County. Pulaski includes Elliot’s home base of Little Rock and is the place where Democrats hope she can run up large margins to give them a shot at holding the seat of retiring Rep. Vic Snyder (D) in November.

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