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10/24/2012 03:37 pm ET

Allen West On 2003 Attacks: 'I Don't Have To Prove Anything To Anybody'

Over the past month, Florida's 18th District House race between GOP incumbent Allen West and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy has had its share of time travel.

The night that's been drilled into voters' minds is Feb. 16, 2003. West released an ad in late September, highlighting how his preparation for U.S. military service came at the same time Murphy was arrested for disorderly intoxication. Murphy, who was 19 years old at the time and called that "the biggest mistake" of his life, struck back with an ad of his own, showcasing West's behavior that led to his exit from service.

When asked by The Washington Post about the race's reversion to those personal events from nearly a decade ago, West said he was "not into the manlier or man thing."

"I served 22 years in the military, I’ve been in three different combat zones, I don’t have to prove anything to anybody," he said.

As of Oct. 19, HuffPost Pollster's data showed West holding nearly a six-point advantage. But a new survey released on Tuesday by FrederickPolls presented a much tighter picture, with West and Murphy knotted at 47 percent apiece.

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