A new Democratic poll released Wednesday shows former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine moving back in front of the pack in the race for the party’s nomination for governor, but just barely.
The poll, conducted by SEA Polling & Strategic Design, shows Levine at 27 percent, with Gwen Graham at 24 percent. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is at 15 percent, billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene follows in fourth place with 13 percent and Winter Park businessman Chris King at 3 percent. The number of voters surveyed who say they are undecided stands at 18 percent.
The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent. The survey of 600 Democrats was conducted Saturday through Tuesday. It shows that 18 percent of the respondents had already voted.
An SEA poll released in early June, showed Levine with a 32 percent to 16 percent lead over Graham with 31 percent of Democrats undecided.
However, recent polls conducted by other pollsters, had shown Graham surging into a strong lead.
This poll was conducted by Tom Eldon of SEA Polling & Strategic Design. In a polling memo obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, Eldon wrote:
Greene’s decision to go negative against Gwen Graham appears to have brought her back to the pack, but also seriously diminished his chances as he has dropped into the fourth place in the low teens.
Among those who self-declared they had already voted, the race is a statistical dead heat with Levine at 30 and Graham at 28 percent. Those who reported an interest level in the Democratic primary at 5 out of 5 (75% of total respondents), Levine holds a 7 point lead outside of the margin of error.
SEA Polling & Strategic Design is not affiliated with any of the Democratic campaigns.