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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.


Go, Gillum! About 30% of Florida voters are African-American and Hispanic and that's definitely going to give Gillum a leg up. And, about one million of those Hispanic voters are Puerto Ricans ... including a new group of about 50,000 to 75,000 who relocated to Florida after last year's hurricanes devastated their island ... and we DEFINITELY know how that group of a million or so voters feels about Trump and Republicans! Plus, the new young voters affected by the MSDHS shootings will give Gillum another boost. Gillum has a real chance ... and he's got a definitive "People's Platform"!

What happened !!!! Another loss. Florida will remain a conservative state....get over it

So, you're saying you vote based on race, only ?

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Desantis visited the Everglades and actually had some positive proposals: ban offshore drilling, ban fracking, get to work on the reservoir. Then he said something like: "I can see the sea level rise, I'd be a fool to ignore it. But I'm a Republican so I'm not sure it's caused by human activity." In other words, I say what the fossil fuel industry tells me to say. This is like the battle over teaching evolution in the schools. The difference is the consequences of continued feigned ignorance to make a buck.

That's five post primary polls that have been released since the start of the general election that show this race for Florida Governor tied or Gillum slightly ahead of De Santis so buckle up because it's going to be a bumpy ride till election night and tight till the end! The independent voters may determine this election as well as the republican and democratic turnout! The US Senate race looks to be the same too! Remember the past two presidential and gubernatorial races here in Florida were all each won by only 1% ! Yep you heard me right so stop all the yelling and whining and get to voting because your candidate will need every last vote to make it across the finish line and win! Florida continues to show why she is still purple and battleground state!

LOL! The Chamber of Commerce?! Really? LOL! The Globalist running a legit poll?! This is such a joke shouldn't have even been printed! Yeah I believe that Floridians want a Socialist commie George Soros paid for candidate whose under investigation by the FBI! Come on Sunshine news are you also part of the cabal?

This entire article is just utter nonsense; and the "commenters" (for the most part) are the "usual nonsensical suspects" cluttering up this "SSN" site and confusing their own slanted adgendum with obvious reality constantly "staring them in the face"... The Democrat Political Party is ALREADY EXTINCT, and only needs a proper funeral in order to be remembered in historic comparison to the "long dead Lincoln 'Whig Political Party". "When you find yourself in a hole DEMOCRATS,... STOP DIGGING !"

speaking of nonsense...this entire post...

The blowhard 'cbreeze' is a specialist in nonsense!

Desantis is not going to have an opponent after Gillum is indicted and arrested.

Where is the DATA on this supposed unbiased poll? Scam? Biased? Want to see how many were polled & demographics.

If, according to the poll, "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," how can a radical lefty such as Gillum be up by four points?

Well, you see the story isn't signed by 'A' staff writer, but by "SSN." That means most likely that Leslie Wimes, Gillum's narrative pidgeon, wrote the "story." It is liberal fake news.


Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle! Dumb, dumber, and dumbest come to mind here!

This is not surprising since DeSantis has been completely shut down and muzzled after the "money around" gaffe. The comment below is accurate. Its like they aren't even running a campaign. Kinda weird and awkward silence from a major party candidate for Governor 2 weeks after he won the nomination.

DeSantis has polices!! Where?, where? ;^) ………………. Imagine him getting beat by a black man! It has to be a crushing defeat!...………….Remember the silent, new vote the polls are not picking up the votes are, is on the dem side this yr...…………….As long as you become more racist, nasty and fiscally and morally bankrupt under, baking Trump, you'll keep losing even republicans as the decent ones flee what the repub party has become.

Had to add a "Black" man huh. Play the Racist card its so sickening!

No, that happens after the election and only if they are racist, which of course Trump, DeSantis, likely you are. The thing that hurts them worst of all is a black man doing better than they are, for some reason hurts them, you badly...…………..Fact is likely this butthurt racists have was likely triggered by Obama winning and doing so well they had to do everything to stop him from being successful even if it hurt the economy, country ...………….How sad and perverted is that?...………….If you would take that energy and put it to something good instead of racial jealousy, a very unsuperior emotion, maybe you wouldn't lose so badly in November and be far better off.

The only person i see talking or acting like a racist is you

Gibberish. You are dreaming dreamer.

What language was that?

Gibberish. An ancient language no longer used ex deputy by Gibberishmen.

Trump uses gibberish regularly ... daily ... constantly ... and he writes it, too, in his twitty tweets! And he especially uses it to his benefit in his pep rallies to incite the lemmings and lickspittles ... who apparently actually understand it! Check it out! I'm sure you'll agree!

Let me translate. Desantis could actually lose. Trump is quickly morphing from savior to political "leper." He might even bring the whole Republican party crashing down with him. Melt down your gold, send him your pearls and diamonds before it's too late!

The media/school brainwashed minions hate Trump, end of story! People with any sense don't!

Did you just get back from Fantasy Land? Hahahahaha!

Does Ron DeSantis know there is an election for governor? I see no sign of this. Someone send a morse code signal to the campaign, assuming one actually exists.


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