Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy released a new Florida Governor’s survey (1/29-2/1; 500 FL Democratic primary voters; 500 FL Republican primary voters) to determine how the two partisan primary campaigns are currently unfolding. Though the filing deadline is May 4, the candidate fields seem to be relatively set for both parties. The Florida primary is not until August 28th.
According to the M-D data, a tight early race is forecast for both Democrats and Republicans, as will be the case for the general election. For the Dems, former US Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Tallahassee), the daughter of ex-Governor and US Senator Bob Graham (D), leads Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, 20-17%. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum breaks into double-digits at 10%, and businessman Chris King lags behind with 4% support.
On the GOP side, Agriculture Commissioner and former US Rep. Adam Putnam remains in first place, leading Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Palm Coast/Daytona Beach) by a 27-23% margin, with House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R-Land O’ Lakes/Pasco County) trailing at 7 percent. Gov. Rick Scott (R), a likely US Senate candidate, is ineligible to seek a third term.
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