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Andrew Gillum Holds Slight Lead on Ron DeSantis in New Florida Chamber Poll

September 12, 2018 - 3:15pm
Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis
Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis

A new poll shows a close contest as Florida voters decide who will take the place of term limited Gov. Rick Scott. 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce released a poll on Wednesday which shows Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat, with a slight lead over former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. 

Gillum takes 47 percent of likely voters while DeSantis gets 43 percent. Other candidates have the support of 2 percent of those surveyed while 8 percent remain undecided. Outside of Jacksonville, which is close to the district DeSantis represented for the better part of six years in Congress, Gillum leads in every media market. 

Marian Johnson, the Florida Chamber’s senior vice president of political strategy, weighed in on the poll results. 

“Politically speaking, this is an interesting poll because most voters have learned a little about Ron DeSantis, yet most voters don’t know Andrew Gillum because he is a surprise winner and the most liberal of the Democrats on the ballot that ran in the primary election,” she said. “It’s going to be interesting to see if Gillum, who is backing policies opposed by Bill Nelson, yet supported by Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and George Soros will hold onto this lead while voters begin to understand his background and policies, or if Ron DeSantis and his policies will continue gaining popularity and propel him to succeed Governor Scott as Florida’s next governor. The election is more than 50 days away and that’s a lifetime in Florida politics.”

Almost half of the voters surveyed--48 percent--think Florida is headed in the right direction while 37 believe the Sunshine State is on the wrong track. 

The Florida Chamber of Commerce political poll was conducted on September 6 – 9, 2018 by Cherry Communications during live telephone interviews of likely voters, and has a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percent. The sample size included 210 Democrats, 205 Republicans and 99 Others for a total of 514 respondents statewide. Voters were called both on cell phones and landlines with 67 percent reached via cell phone and 33 percent via landline. The samples for the polls conducted by the Florida Chamber are consistently drawn from likely voters and newly registered voters, meaning those voters who have the propensity and past performance of voting in elections, rather than simply including registered voters.  Voters are again screened for likelihood of voting.


Turn out will decide this election Gillum has galvanized the electorate .. especially Dems and independents Gillum will win this election especially as the DeSantis clone in the WH continues to come unraveled

I think you could be right! Let's hope so!

You're so silly Leslie.

No one polls correct anymore, I have never been polled? Because it based on unfair sampling! So surprise, in your comment section it just one person for Gilliam, and 30 for Ron! There is the real poll right in front of your eyes!

Yep. Obviously the Chambers are Democratically controlled.

Ron Ron Ron I know son they frightened the pee-pee do-do out of you by calling you a...gasp...gasp...raicest!!! Ron you are gonna have to get dressed in your big boy pants now and come out swinging at Gillum. Daddy Trump did all he can for you. Come on my boy and man up. The time is now.

Wow, Claude. Are you calling your man "weak" or "low energy"? Putnam must be getting a kick out of this. But it's early, and unfortunately there are many who support a candidate but wont bother to go out and vote. That's why the minority party (smaller than Dems, smaller than Independents) controls the land. We need some Trump rallies! Wave the Confederate flag! Argue about statues! Do something Ronnie, the chamber of commerce polls are notorious, so if even they have Gillum up you're in trouble. What you need is one of those St. Leo polls to make you feel better.

Na Joe not "weak" or "low energy" just that he's showing some signs of being lazy...kind of like your dirty granny Hillary when she did not think she had to get up off her @zz and campaign in those states that historically went for Obama. DeSantis is acting like he thinks Trump doing a rally is all he needed and he can just chill and coast into an easy Florida victory. He needs a swift kick in the @zz to get out there and sling some of that rich mud Gillum provided with Tallahassee being the murder capital of Florida like the little Chicago of the south, with all the thievery, graft and corruption going on under Gillum's nose. And he needs to totally trash and disparage Gillum over the George Soros connection. And theres so much more rich mud that DeSantis should have already been slinging but y'all seem to have totally threw him off his game with that one little raciest accusation. Man up DeSantis, get off your @zz, do your job!!!


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