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Gravis Poll: Bill Nelson easily beats Rick Scott for Senate, John Morgan edges Adam Putnam for gov



A new robo poll by Gravis Marketing finds Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson comfortably leading Republican Rick Scott in a hypothetical senate race, 51 percent to 38 percent. The incumbent expects a challenge from Gov. Scott in 2018, but Gravis also showed him leading Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi 50 percent to 35 percent.

Gravis recently acquired the excellent Orlando Political Observer site, which first reported the poll. Looking at the 2018 governor's race, Gravis found potential Democratic candidate John Morgan, the trial lawyer and medical marijuana advocate, edging Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, 39 percent to 35 percent. Curiously, it also tested outgoing Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly for governor, finding the Pinellas congressman trailing 31 percent to 42 percent, and found Morgan leading CFO Jeff Atwater, 41 percent to 42 percent.

Morgan, who appears constantly on TV and billboards, presumably is much better known across Florida than Jolly, Putnam, or Atwater. Gravis also looked at Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, finding the daughter of former Sen. Bob Graham leading Putnam 37 percent to 34 percent, Bondi 44 percent to 36 percent, and Jolly 40 percent to 29 percent.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 2:13pm]


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