What to Know
- The latest Mason-Dixon poll released Friday shows former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham leads the field of five Democrats in the race with 27 percent
- On the GOP side, U.S. Rep Ron DeSantis has opened up a double digit lead over the state’s Ag Secretary, Adam Putnam – 41 to 29 percent.
A new statewide poll shows the race for who will be Florida’s next governor still looks like a toss-up on the Democratic side – while one Republican candidate is building a comfortable lead.
The latest Mason-Dixon poll released Friday shows former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, the daughter of Miami native and former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, leads the field of five Democrats in the race with 27 percent of those asked saying they would vote for her if the election was held today.
Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was second with 18 percent followed by Palm Beach businessman Jeff Greene (12 percent), Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (10 percent) and Orlando businessman Chris King (7 percent) with 25 percent of those questioned remaining undecided.
Graham had the highest favorability among registered Democrats questioned as well as the highest name recognition.
On the GOP side, U.S. Rep Ron DeSantis has opened up a double digit lead over the state’s Agriculture Secretary, Adam Putnam – leading 41 percent to 29 percent with 28 percent of those questioned remaining undecided.
DeSantis, who represents the Jacksonville area in Congress, has capitalized off the endorsement of President Donald Trump in the campaign against Putnam, who spent five terms as a U.S. Representative from Polk County before returning to Florida and his election to the state cabinet.
A total of 625 people were questioned for the poll.