With six weeks to go until the primary, a new poll finds it’s a three candidate race as Florida Democrats weigh who they want as their gubernatorial candidate.
St. Pete Polls released a survey of likely Democratic primary voters, which was commissioned by Florida Politics, on Monday and found billionaire Jeff Greene, who entered the race late and unleashed TV ads and mail pieces in recent weeks, has caught up with the two candidates who have led most of the polls.
The poll shows almost a quarter–24.7 percent–of Florida Democrats reman undecided while Greene pulls 21.6 percent, just ahead of former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., who takes 21.5 percent. Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine gets 19.4 percent.
The rest of the candidates lag behind in single digits. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum gets 9.6 percent followed by businessman Chris King with 2.5 percent. Dark horses Alex “Lundy” Lundmark and John Wetherbee each get .4 percent.
Levine is the best known of the candidates with 49 percent of Florida Democrats seeing him as favorable, 14 percent viewing him as unfavorable and 37 percent not sure about him.
Greene is also well known with 45 percent of Florida Democrats viewing him favorably while 16 percent see him as unfavorable and 39 percent unsure of him.
Graham is a little more unknown with 44 percent of those surveyed not sure what they think of her while 43 percent see her in a favorable light and 13 percent view her as unfavorable.
Most Florida Democrats–61 percent–are unsure about Gillum while 29 percent see him as favorable while 10 percent view him unfavorably.
King is the most unknown candidate with 67 percent unsure about him while 18 percent view him as unfavorable and 15 percent see him favorably.
The poll of 1.314 likely Florida Democratic primary voters was taken from July 14-July 15 and had a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percent.
Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.