Billionaire Jeff Greene’s (D) late entry into the Florida Governor’s race is dramatically changing the Democratic primary. Quickly spending more than $10 million to re-acquaint himself with the voters – he was a US Senate candidate in 2010 – Mr. Greene has jettisoned into third place and is clearly damaging former front runner Philip Levine, the wealthy Miami Beach Mayor.
According to an Associated Industries of Florida poll (released 7/24; 800 FL likely Democratic primary voters), former US Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Tallahassee) has surged into the lead with 24%. Mayor Levine drops to 16%, just ahead of Mr. Greene with 13%, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who has 12 percent. Businessman Chris King, as he has for most of the campaign, languishes in low single digits at 4 percent. Though the candidates are spending heavily, the most costly month of campaigning still remains, since the Florida primary is not scheduled until August 28th.
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