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Another poll shows Philip Levine leading Democratic primary

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Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is leading another poll of Democratic voters.

Released Tuesday, a survey of 613 likely Democratic voters from Public Policy Polling (taken from Mar. 13-15) shows Levine ahead of the field.

Levine is the choice of 22 percent of those surveyed, slightly leading Gwen Graham at 19 percent, and well ahead of Andrew Gillum (8 percent) and Chris King (5 percent). Forty-six percent of those surveyed are undecided.

Levine, who recently opened the first Tampa Bay-area gubernatorial campaign office in the 2018 race, leads Graham by four points with women (26 to 16 percent), but with men, Graham is up 22 percent to 17 percent.

Levine also has a +14 favorable rating (29 percent to 15 percent); his only pocket of demographic weakness, per the survey, is among Latino voters, with whom he has a 29 percent favorable rating and 40 percent unfavorable. However, all the candidates are underwater with Latino voters in this survey.

The Levine campaign also touted the latest numbers, particularly the decrease in undecideds.

“While the latest poll also shows that undecideds now are under 50-percent, the campaign is well-positioned to continue to grow its support in the months remaining before the August primary,” said campaign manager Christian Ulvert in a statement. “With Mayor Levine continuing to outpace his primary opponents on fundraising benchmarks and spending, the campaign will continue to effectively communicate and engage with Florida Democratic primary voters in every part of the state.”

As a multimillionaire, Levine is already spending much of his own money on the campaign, including $6 million on TV ads, as other Democrats in the field struggling with fundraising. Earlier this month, he received the backing of former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell; Democratic House Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa also predicted last week that Levine would win the Party’s nomination.

As for Graham, the former Tallahassee congresswoman received an endorsement Monday from former Attorney General Bob Butterworth. The leading Republicans in the race (so far) are U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Here is the full polling document:

Public Policy Polling survey of Florida by Peter Schorsch on Scribd

1 Comment

  1. Graham(15%) and Levine(15%) are outpolling Gillum(11%) among African Americans.
    Can’t wait to see Burgan spin this into some convoluted positive.

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