New poll shows primary races for governor tightening up, large number of voters still undecided

by | Feb 20, 2018

The front-runners in both the Republican and Democratic races for governor lost some ground in a new poll released Tuesday and are now either tied or in a statistical tie for their parties’ nominations.

The poll, conducted by Gravis Marketing, shows support for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam dropped 23 percent to 18 percent in the contest for the GOP nomination; while on the Democratic side, Gwen Graham’s support fell from 18 percent to 12 percent.

Putnam now holds just a two-point lead–18 percent to 16 percent–over U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in the race for the Republican nomination. That’s within the poll’s 2.2 percent  margin of error. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who is expected to enter the race when the legislative session is over, received 3 percent.

In the Democratic race, the poll shows Graham in a dead heat with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine who saw his numbers double from 6 percent in Gravis’ last survey. Meanwhile, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum slid back into third place garnering the support of 9 percent of the voters. Orlando businessman Chris King was fourth with just 2 percent.

The biggest factor on both sides of the contest is undecided. Republican voters who haven’t yet  made up their minds increased from 60 percent to 61 percent, while Democratic undecided voters jumped from 60 percent to 63 percent.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, incumbent Bill Nelson still holds a lead over Gov. Rick Scott, who is considered to be Nelson’s likely opponent in November. However, .Nelson’s lead shrunk a little  from the last  poll. Nelson holds about a 4 percent lead over Scott–43.7 percent to 38.9 percent–that’s down by about one percent from the last survey.

The poll surveyed 1,978 registered voters. It was conducted from Feb. 1 to Feb. 18.


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