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Early polls show "Don't Know" winning U.S. Senate race in Florida

The Washington Post and Univision released a new poll showing 80 percent of Republican voters don't know or won't say who they will support in August GOP primary for the U.S. Senate.

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The Washington Post and Univision released a new poll showing 80 percent of Republican voters don't know or won't say who they will support in August GOP primary for the U.S. Senate.

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If there is anything early polling shows in U.S. Senate race, it is that voters are not familiar with any of the candidates in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

A new poll released this morning by the Washington Post and Univision shows 8 out of every 10 Republican respondents asked about the GOP primary could not or would not say who they will support. The remaining 20 percent gave none of the five candidates a clear advantage. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Rep. Ron DeSantis each got 6 percent in the poll from March 2 to March 5. Rep. David Jolly was close behind at 5 percent and businessman Todd Wilcox was sitting on 2 percent.

The latest entrant into the race, Manatee land developer Carlos Beruff, didn't even hit one percent, but it should be noted he was in the race for whole 48 hours when the poll was conducted.

The margin of error in the poll was plus or minus 5.5 percent.

The numbers are not much better in the Democratic primary. More than half of the likely Democratic voters either said they don't know who they will vote for or refused to answer. Of those who did make a choice, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy had 27 percent of the support, compared to 19 percent for Alan Grayson. The margin of error for that part of the poll is plus or minus 6 percent.

Voting for both primary contests starts in just four months. While the election is on Aug. 20, absentee balloting begins in July.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2016 11:49am]

    

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