Poll: Bob Buesing, Dana Young neck and neck for Tampa Senate seat
The race between Republican Rep. Dana Young and Democrat Bob Buesing for a Hillsborough County seat in the Florida Senate is neck and neck, according to a new poll obtained by the Times/Herald.
Young and Buesing are tied in the poll, with 36 percent of the vote each. Two percent say they would support a different candidate, and 27 percent don't know.
Two more candidates who are not registered with either party, Joe Redner and Sheldon Upthegrove, will be on the ballot in November but were not included in the poll.
Expedition Strategies conducted the poll July 7-10 among 600 likely voters in Senate District 18. It has a margin of error of 4 percent. The group has worked for major Democrats and Democratic groups.
There's good news in here for Young, the majority leader of the Florida House: She has better name recognition (19 percent to Buesing's 11 percent) and higher net favorability (9 percent to Buesing's 5 percent).
But Democrats should see an opportunity if they can introduce Buesing, a Tampa children's advocate, to the voters. The poll shows a generic Democrat would win the seat by 10 points, and after reading positive candidate bios to respondents, Buesing led by 5 points.
Young could not immediately be reached for comment.
"This poll makes clear that the people of Hillsborough County are looking for a candidate who shares the values of their community," Anders Croy, spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party, said in a statement. "As a State Senator, Bob Buesing will be a fresh voice in Tallahassee whose only concern is the needs of his constituents, not another career politician like Dana Young only concerned with taking the next step up the political ladder."