Connect with us

Orlando

Osceola Politics Facebook poll shows Valleri Crabtree may not be so unknown in CD 9 race

A couple of recent, small and methodologically insignificant polls may be suggesting Democrat Valleri Crabtree‘s shoe-leather campaign for the nomination in the Kissimmee-based Florida’s 9th Congressional District could have an impact against her much-higher-profile and much-better-funded rivals.

First, a straw poll at an Osceola Hispanic Democratic Caucus candidates’ event on Sunday had Crabtree finishing a relatively close second to state Sen. Darren Soto of Orlando, who’s campaign in the heavily Puerto Rican district has highlighted the fact he could become the first Florida congressman of Puerto Rican descent. Soto got 89 votes, Crabtree, 60; and biomedical researcher Dena Grayson of Windermere, 11. Only Crabtree and Soto attended, and Susannah Randolph was not listed on the ballot.

Wednesday, on the Osceola Politics Facebook page, Crabtree, of Kissimmee, is running away in early returns on a Democratic CD 9 primary poll of the group’s 2,000+ members, started Monday morning by site administrator Tom Long. By 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Crabtree had 47 votes; Soto, 15; and longtime Orlando progressive Democratic figure Randolph, 3. Grayson had none.

Crabtree, a business professor and former chair of the Osceola County Democratic Executive Committee, has been running for the seat now occupied by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando [Dena Grayson’s husband] far longer than any of the others. She’s been doing so by attending five to 10 public and civic events — meetings, parades, festivals — a week in Osceola, south Orange County and eastern Polk County. Yet she’s raising virtually no money, while Soto, Randolph and Grayson have robust fundraising efforts.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face the winner of the Republican primary, either Wayne Liebnitzky or Wanda Rentas, in the November election, in a district that has a strong Democratic lean.

Grayson and Soto are up already with television commercials heading into the Aug. 30 Democratic congressional primary and Randolph is expected to follow soon with her own. Crabtree’s electronic campaign is limited to prolific social media posts, particularly on sites such as the Osceola Politics Facebook group, including a recent new campaign video.

Written By

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Bob Sparks, Andrew Wilson.
Email: Peter@FloridaPolitics.com
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Connect
Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.