Kat Cammack holds double-digit lead in new CD 3 poll

Kat Cammack
Cammack leads with 25% support. Judson Sapp is No. 2 with 15%.

Kat Cammack is the front-runner in the crowded Republican primary for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District, according to a new poll conducted by Meer Research.

The survey of Republican primary voters showed Cammack with 25% support in the 10-way race, putting her 10 points ahead of second-place contender Judson Sapp. About one in five voters said they were undecided, however, making that the true No. 2.

Physician James St. George came in at 13% followed by Clay County Commissioner Gavin Rollins at 11%.

The rest of the pack landed in the single digits: Todd Chase had 6% support; Ryan Chamberlin and Amy Pope Wells had 3%; Bill Engelbrecht had 2%; and David Theus and Joseph Dallas Millado had 1%.

“The data shows that Kat Cammack has separated herself from the field in this late stage,” Meer Research’s Ben Torpey said in a news release.

The polling memo notes the high number of undecideds and cautioned that “the race remains fluid.”

Torpey added, “With this many undecided voters this late in the campaign, it is critical for the campaigns to close strongly. The strongest closer will win.”

The poll was conducted via text-to-online Aug. 6-8. It has a sample size of 317 voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 5.5 percentage points at a 94% confidence level.

The Meer Research poll is the first to show any candidate with a clear lead. Internal polls the Cammack and Sapp campaigns have shown the two battling jockeying for the top spot.

The most recent — commissioned by Cammack’s campaign — showed Sapp in first with 12% support followed by Cammack at 10%.

In addition to topping the polls, Cammack, Sapp and St. George also have the most traction in the money race.

As of July 29, St. George had the largest campaign account with $921,000 raised between donors and candidate loans and $279,000 in the bank. Sapp has amassed $770,000 and has $195,000 banked. His total is also bolstered by six figures in candidate loans.

Cammack, meanwhile, has raised the vast majority of her $492,000 total from donors. She entered August with about $98,000 on hand.

CD 3 is the most crowded congressional contest in the state. The seat drew a flurry of candidates after current U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho announced he would stick by his term limits pledge and not seek reelection.

The district includes all of Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Putnam and Union counties as well as part of Marion. It is a safe Republican seat.

The polling memo is below.

Meer FLCD3 Aug2020 Topline by Andrew Wilson on Scribd

Meer Flcd3 Methodology by Andrew Wilson on Scribd

Meer FLCD3 Survey PR 08102020 Final by Andrew Wilson on Scribd

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


  • Harriet N BRINKER

    August 10, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    It is important no matter who the candidate may be for those to know all about the candidate with out a doubt. Any candidate who chooses to hide information from the voters is not of honorable or creditable. Now, this was in the press and most medias that can be verified that Kat was FIRED from her position under Senator Ted H. came home from Washington and calling the other candidates “Chicken Shit” How not nice. This should be investigated and informed and than let the voters decide.
    Now Sapp no angel according to information a week or two ago on the medias. Perhaps this to should be looked at during the 2016 election something about voting ballot fraud? Pays to look into these days. Thank You,

    • Floridian

      August 11, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Harriet N. Brinker accusation is patently false, and you should get your facts straight before you try to discredit this tough, charismatic, highly qualified woman just because she’s kicking your candidate’s rear end. Feel free to cite your source, because spreading lies is never a good look.

    • The Gipper

      August 12, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Gavin Rollins is hands down the best candidate to fill Yoho’s shoes. He is the true conservative.

      Kat is not qualified for many varying reasons and her money is from Rand Paul’s PAC.

      Rollins is a standout, he is military, solidly pro-life endorsed by the Florida Family Policy Council and an A raring from FL Right to Life. More importantly, as a grassroots and now sitting County Commissioner he has been on the ground for almost 15 years in Clay.

      Proven conservative, effective on policy, articulate and very well mannered not a staff wanna be.

      This is the reason Tyler Yoho, Ted’s son is supporting Rollins for Congress.

      Fake Facebook poll numbers btw.

      Gavin Rollins is the best man for this seat.

  • Clay County Old Timer

    August 11, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Once again Brian will have to explain why it was someone else’s fault.

    Good news for him though is that it is a speech that he has practiced often.

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