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GOP Poised to Flip Florida Agriculture Commissioner Post as Wilton Simpson Leads New Poll

A new poll from Mason Dixon shows state Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Tribly, is likely to be Florida’s next agriculture commissioner.

Simpson takes 47 percent, while accountant Naomi Esther Blemur, part of the Democratic leadership in South Florida, gets 34 percent in the poll, while 19 percent are undecided.

Simpson gets 56 percent of men and 37 percent of women. Blemur gets 27 percent of men and 42 percent of women.

The vast majority of Republicans–81 percent–back Simpson while Blemur gets 71 percent of Democrats. Voters outside the major parties are breaking Simpson’s way, with 46 percent of them backing him, 25 percent for Blemur, and 29 percent are undecided.

The post is currently held by state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary and did not run for a second term. She is the only Democrat holding statewide office in Florida.

The poll of 800 likely Florida voters was taken from Sept. 26 through Sept. 28 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.


  • Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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