Here’s Gravis Marketing’s final poll of primaries for Florida governor
Ron DeSantis was more quotable in Orange Park than Jacksonville.


In a poll following a pretty consistent pattern through the past week, Gravis Marketing is finding that Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham appear headed for a Governor’s race showdown after Tuesday’s primaries.

DeSantis and Graham have topped several polls in the week heading into the last two days of voting, and Gravis is among them.

The Gravis Marketing poll, taken last Tuesday through Saturday, give DeSantis 39 percent, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam 27 percent, and Bob White and Bruce Nathan splitting another 10, with 23 percent still uncertain.

That poll was of 579 registered Republicans, and Gravis was citing a margin of error of 4.1 percent for Republican results.

In the same survey, Gravis also finds Graham with 26 percent of Democratic voter support; and the next three Democrats, Palm Beach businessman Jeff Greene, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum bunched, with 19, 18 and 16 percent respectively. Winter Park businessman Chris King trails the pack with 5 percent.

The only major difference in the most recent polls has been the order of Greene, Levine, and Gillum, and their relative strengths compared with each other.

The Gravis poll included 531 registered Democrats, with Gravis claiming a margin of error of 4.3 percent on Democrat results.

Gravis found a couple of other primary races bunched within the margins of error.

Former Circuit Judge Ashley Moody has an insignificant lead over state Rep. Frank White for the Republican Attorney General primary nomination. Moody drew 35 percent and White 32 percent, with 33 percent of those surveyed saying they were uncertain.

Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman, state Rep. Matt Caldwell, and state Sen. Denise Grimsley are even tighter in the Republican Florida Agriculture Commissioner primary. Troutman drew 19 percent, Caldwell 18, and Grimsley 17. Mike McAlister is not far behind with 13 percent.

Scott Powers

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 [email protected].


  • Domino

    August 27, 2018 at 10:31 am

    The suuuuuurge!

    • Rick

      August 29, 2018 at 10:55 am

      OK, every poll had Gillum running fourth, what happened? Can we say Russian meddling?

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