Poll shows Daniella Levine Cava with comfortable lead in Miami-Dade County mayoral race
Daniela Levine Cava and Steve Bovo are trying to squeeze every non-partisan vote in the mhomestretch.

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The poll also gave a snapshot of where the presidential race sits inside Miami-Dade.

A new survey from Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Daniella Levine Cava has her ahead by 15 points with just over a week until the final votes are cast in 2020.

The internal poll, conducted by SEA Research, gives Levine Cava a 45%-30% lead over her opponent, fellow Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo. The remaining 25% of voters are undecided, according to the poll.

As always, internal polls should be analyzed with a dose of skepticism. While those results can be accurate, campaigns always have an incentive to withhold internal polls with poor results and publicly release those favorable to their bid.

Should Levine Cava’s camp be on the mark, however, she would be poised to become the first female Mayor ever elected to lead the county.

Her campaign’s internal polls have told a fairly consistent story since she and Bovo emerged from the Aug. 18 primary contest. A survey released the next day, on Aug. 19, had Levine Cava up by 11 points. Just over a month later, she was up by 13.

The newest version of the survey gives Levine Cava a +16 favorability rating, while Bovo has even favorable and unfavorable ratings.

Though the race is nonpartisan, Levine Cava has clearly staked out a place on the left flank in the race. Bovo has sought to appeal to conservatives.

Those trends are evident in the breakdown of Levine Cava’s internal poll. Levine Cava leads 71%-8% among Democrats, while Bovo is ahead 69%-12% with Republicans. Levine Cava leads the key demo of non-party affiliated and third-party voters by a 40%-25% margin. A large chunk of those voters — 35% — remain undecided.

The survey ran from Oct. 20-22 and sampled 402 likely Miami-Dade County voters. It has a margin of error of 5.3 percentage points.

Levine Cava’s team also took a peek at the 2020 presidential contest. The survey found Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump 58%-37% inside Miami-Dade.

That’s slightly down from the margin seen in 2016, when Trump lost the county by 29 points.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected].



    October 26, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Finally. A woman mayor in Dade County. It’s about friggin’ time. Maybe now the County can get its act together and improve the quality of.life in this place after so many years of mismanagement and corruption. The quality of life has declined so steeply here in recent years that people are literally fleeing for their lives and sanity.

  • Tim Siegel

    October 31, 2020 at 9:13 am

    This could be part of a bigger better shift, catalyzed by Levine Cava, to more transparency, sunshine, accountability and grassroots access to government. Out with the old boy ways.Time for a bigger tent!

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