Latest poll in governor’s race shows a new leader among the Democrats

by | Jun 19, 2018

A new poll in Florida’s gubernatorial election shows Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum jumping into the lead for the first time in the race for the Democratic nomination. The survey also shows Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam holding a double-digit lead in the contest for the Republican nomination.

The poll was conducted by Gravis Marketing, which is a regular tracking poll.  

Putnam leads U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in the GOP race receiving support from 29 percent of those surveyed. DeSantis received 19 percent. However, 43 percent of Republican voters are still undecided.

Gillum, who has consistently come in third in other polls, received the support of 29 percent of Democrats polled. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham finished second to Gillum with 24 percent. Philip Levine, who until now has been the frontrunner for the nomination, ended up with 17 percent. Orlando-area businessman Chris King ended up a distant fourth with 3 percent. The survey shows 27 percent of those surveyed are undecided.

“This poll is indicative of what we’ve been saying for months: Mayor Gillum’s momentum is real, and he’s connecting with Florida Democrats far beyond what his multi-millionaire opponents are doing,” said Geoff Burgan, the communications director for the Gillum campaign. “With 70 days until the August primary, we’re more confident than ever that we’re on the path to winning with Andrew’s bold, progressive message and track record.”

The Gravis poll also shows Gillum with a slight edge over Putnam if the two were to meet in the general election. Gillum holds a 42 percent to 39 percent advantage. Both Graham and Levine would also do well against Putnam according to the poll. Graham actually performed the best of the Democrats and holds a 45 percent to 39 percent advantage.

All four Democrats who were sampled in the survey hold a lead in a general election showdown with DeSantis. Graham and Levine hold 10-point leads over DeSantis.

Jeff Greene, who earlier this month became the fifth major Democratic candidate in the field, was not included in the survey. Greene, a billionaire from Palm Beach, vowed Tuesday to use as much of his personal wealth that it will take to win the seat. Greene announced a $2.9 million ad buy.

The survey of 1,251 registered, likely general election voters across Florida was conducted from May 31st through June 15th and has a margin of error of ±2.8%.

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