Annette Taddeo leads in SD 40 Democratic primary, new poll says


Florida Senate District 40 candidate Annette Taddeo is touting a new poll giving her a 17-point lead over Democratic primary opponent Ana Rivas Logan.

The survey, conducted by SEA Polling, shows Taddeo leading Rivas Logan, 40 to 23 percent, with more than a third of those polled (37 percent) undecided. However, neither candidate is that well known. Forty-two percent of those surveyed said they didn’t know who Taddeo is, while 54 percent say they aren’t familiar with Rivas Logan.

However, neither candidate is that well-known; 42 percent of respondents didn’t know who Taddeo is. Similarly, 54 percent say they aren’t familiar with Rivas Logan.

The gap between the two Democrats widens to 29 points after voters were presented with biographical information, the survey reports. It did not list what additional info was inserted to questions.

A Miami-based businesswoman, Taddeo has found herself on the losing side of a number of recent elections. She is perhaps best known as Charlie Crist‘s running mate in the 2014 gubernatorial election.

A former Republican, Rivas Logan switched to the Democratic Party in 2014 after a single term in the Florida Legislature. She also served on the Miami-Dade County School Board.

SD 40 encompasses Southwest Miami-Dade and was represented by Hialeah Republican Frank Artiles until April, when he resigned just days after reports emerged that he had made racist and sexist comments to two black Democratic lawmakers.

On the GOP side, the race is between state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla and Lorenzo Palomares.

The primary election is July 25; the special general election is September 26.

The poll contacted 350 registered and likely Democratic primary voters June 26-28 and was conducted in both English and Spanish. It has an error sample of 4.29 percent.


Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected].


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