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About Quinnipiac's irrelevant Fla Senate poll



What's the point of polling Florida's U.S. Senate race if you exclude one of the main candidates running in said U.S. Senate race? Quinnipiac University did just that, releasing a poll that tested potential general election matchups with only two of the four credible Republicans running. Leaving off political newcomer Todd Wilcox, whose viability remains uncertain, is understandable. But leaving off U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores? Just hailing from the biggest media market, Tampa Bay, probably makes Jolly the nominal frontrunner for the GOP nomination at this point.

"We tried to deal with a race where there are several relatively unknown candidates. It's always a challenge in situations like this," Quinnipiac's Peter Brown explained in a statement that explained nothing.

Hard to argue with Jolly adviser Sarah Bascom on this: "The poll is clearly not an accurate snapshot of the race when you leave out the front runner," she said.. "Whatever the reason or rationale was, does not matter.  This omission makes this poll irrelevant."


[Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2015 2:16pm]


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