Gwen Graham Leading Democratic Primary Field, Jeff Greene Moves Into Second

With less than four weeks to go, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., holds the lead in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary while billionaire Jeff Greene has taken over second place from former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.

On Wednesday, St. Pete’s Polls released a survey taken for Florida Politics showing Graham out front in the Democratic primary.

Graham takes 29 percent of likely Democratic primary voters followed by Greene with 23 percent. Since entering the race at the start of June, Greene has bombarded the state with TV ads and mailers, allowing him to propel past most of his rivals. This has come mostly at Levine’s expense and the former Miami Beach mayor stood in third with 19 percent in the new poll.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who reeled in the support of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Wednesday gets 9 percent while Central Florida businessman Chris King pulls  3 percent while 4 percent of those surveyed back other candidates and 9 percent are undecided.

More than half of those surveyed–52 percent–see Graham as favorable while 14 percent view her as unfavorable while 34 percent are not sure. Greene has similar numbers with 51 percent seeing him as favorable, 16 percent as unfavorable and a third of those surveyed–33 percent–not sure. Levine’s numbers are in the same ballpark with 52 percent seeing him as favorable, 17 percent as unfavorable and 31 percent not sure of him.

A majority of those surveyed–55 percent–are not sure of Gillum while 32 percent see him as favorable and 14 percent view him as unfavorable. King is also largely unknown with 56 percent of those surveyed not sure of him while 22 percent see him as favorable and the same percentage view him unfavorably.

The poll  of 1,652 likely Florida Democratic primary voters was taken from July 30-31 and had a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percent.


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