The Voter Opinions research firm conducted a gubernatorial poll for the Florida Chamber of Commerce (1/2-5; 600 FL likely and newly registered voters; 235 Democratic primary voters; 259 Republican primary voters) and found Agriculture Commissioner and former US Congressman Adam Putnam (R-Lakeland) and ex-US Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Tallahassee) leading their respective primaries, but with margins that can certainly be overcome. The sample sizes for both primary contests are too small to feature a strong reliability factor, but the results are interesting, nonetheless. The most important conclusion to draw from the polls is that the races in both parties are virtually wide open.
For the Republicans, Mr. Putnam has a 23-18% lead over newly announced US Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Palm Coast/Daytona Beach). On the Democratic side, Ms. Graham reaches 14% support, followed by Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine at 7%, while Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum pulls 6%, and businessman Chris King records 1% preference.
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