Poll: John Rutherford leads CD 4 field with 33% support

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With just days until the primary, John Rutherford has an edge over his opponents in Florida’s 4th Congressional District.

A new poll by St. Pete Polls found Rutherford leads the pack with 33 percent support. The poll, conducted for  FloridaPolitics.com, found Lake Ray was in second with 22 percent, followed by Hans Tanzler with 17 percent.

The men are vying to replace Rep. Ander Crenshaw in the U.S. House. Crenshaw announced in April he planned to retired from his Northwest Florida seat after 16 years in Congress.

His decision set off a scramble in Florida’s 4th Congressional District, with seven Republicans ultimately jumping in the race.

The poll found Bill McClure received 10 percent support, Stephen Kaufman received 4 percent, Deborah Katz Pueschel received 3 percent, and Edward Malin received 3 percent. The survey found 8 percent of respondents were still undecided.

Nearly 39 percent of those polled said they have already voted in the primary; 61 percent say they plan to vote in the primary.

The automated phone poll was conducted on Aug. 23. The poll surveyed 490 likely Republican primary voters, and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster


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