This week, the two candidates running to be Florida’s next attorney general took to the airwaves, launching new TV ads as they looked to introduce themselves to voters across the Sunshine State.
With polls showing a close race and with less than five weeks to go in the Florida gubernatorial election, the top candidates focused on burnishing their law enforcement credentials on Wednesday as they unveiled new endorsements.
Mason Dixon released a poll on Tuesday night showing Gillum, the Democratic nominee, with 45 percent and DeSanits, the Republican candidate, right behind him at 44 percent while 3 percent backed other candidates and 8 percent remain undecided.
On Tuesday, the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) launched a new Spanish language TV ad taking aim at Democratic nominee Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. For his part, Gillum launched a TV ad of his own on Tuesday focusing on environmental issues.
On Monday, continuing his challenge to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Republican Gov. Rick Scott unveiled the endorsements of almost 50 Puerto Rican officials including U.S. Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón, R-PR, former Gov. Luis Fortuño and Lt. Gov. Luis Rivera Marin.
The poll of 2,312 registered voters who said they are planning to vote in the general election was taken from Sept. 29 through Sept. 30 and had a margin of error of +/- 2 percent.
St. Pete Polls took a survey for Florida Politics which shows Scott with a narrow lead.
With five weeks to go until Floridians pick their next governor, the two top candidates are calling on each other to return donations.
DeSantis spoke for about 25 minutes to a convention luncheon full of businessmen and women, telling the polite crowd that he was the only veteran running for governor but also that he was the only unabashed capitalist and the only one not under investigation by the FBI.
Recent polls have shown Gillum ahead of DeSantis though the Democrats have not won a gubernatorial election in Florida since 1994 when incumbent Gov. Lawton Chiles edged future Gov. Jeb Bush.