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Ted Yoho Holds Commanding Lead in 2020 GOP Primary if He Runs For Another Term

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When he challenged longtime U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., in the Republican primary back in 2012, Yoho said he would serve only four terms in Congress. But Yoho has been weighing running for a fifth term and a new poll shows him in excellent shape if he decides to run again. 

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U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., is weighing running for a fifth term in 2020–and a poll shows he will have very strong support from North Florida Republicans if he decides to run again.

When he challenged longtime U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., in the Republican primary back in 2012, Yoho said he would serve only four terms in Congress. But Yoho has been weighing running for a fifth term and a new poll shows him in excellent shape if he decides to run again.

Meer Research and Vox Populi Communications released a poll of Republicans in Yoho’s district on Monday and the congressman continues to have the support of GOP primary voters. Asked about Yoho potentially going on his promise to serve eight years, 29 percent of Republican primary voters say they are more likely to vote for him because of it while 22 percent say they will be less likely to vote for him if he ignores his pledge and 39 percent insist it won’t make any difference one way or the other.

Republicans in Florida’s Third Congressional District continue to overwhelmingly back Yoho as 84 percent of them see him favorably and 66 percent of Republicans in the district see him very favorably.

Matched up against current Republican primary challengers, Yoho easily routed the field–besting Judson Sapp 75 percent to 11 percent, Amy Pope-Wells 75 percent to 9 percent and Gavin Rollins 71 percent to 8 percent.

When matched against all three Republican primary candidates, Yoho takes 71 percent with Rollins in distant second at 8 percent, the other two candidates in low single digits and 16 percent saying they are unsure.

When Yoho is taken out of the mix, 74 percent of Republicans in the district are unsure on who they want to replace him while 11 percent back Sapp, 10 percent back Rollins and 6 percent back Wells.

President Donald Trump–who is an ally of Yoho’s–could upend the race as 69 percent of Republicans in the district say they are more likely to back a candidate with the president’s support while 22 percent say Trump’s endorsement means they are less likely to back a candidate.  Sapp has the support of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer but it’s nowhere near as influential as Trump’s backing. Asked about Spicer endorsing a candidate, 51 percent say it would not make a difference while 28 percent say they are more likely to vote for a candidate with his endorsement. Only 15 percent say Spicer’s endorsement makes it less likely they will support that candidate.

The poll of 533 Republicans in Florida’s Third Congressional District was taken on Nov. 20 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.24 percent.

The district is solidly Republican.

 

 

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