Another day, another poll for the 2012 election. Here are the latest:
-An automated May 12-13 poll by Sunshine State Communications shows just how unformed Florida's Republican U.S. Senate primary is: Sixty-four percent of likely primary voters are undecided, 11 percent support Mike Haridopolos, 9 percent George LeMieux, 4 percent Mike McCalister, and Adam Hasner pulls up the rear with 0. "With the election over one year away, any candidate can become the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Florida," said Buzz Jacobs, co-founder of Sunshine State Communications, a Republican consulting firm that conducted the poll with a 4.6 percent margin of error.
-Hasner dominated a recent straw poll by a Fort Lauderdale tea party - winning 62 percent or 122 first- and second-choice votes - while Haridopolos got just eight first and second-choice votes and 80 participants said Haridopolos was their least favorite.
-Sunshine State Communications also polled the 2012 Republican presidential primary in Florida showing a dead heat between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. It was conducted May 11-13 with a 3.7 percent margin of error, before Mike Huckabee declined to run. Undecided or other was in the lead with nearly 1 in 3 votes. The results: Romney, 16 percent; Gingrich, 15 percent; Huckabee, 11 percent; Chris Christie, 9 percent; Sarah Palin, 8 percent; Michele Bachmann, 3 percent; Mitch Daniels, 3 percent; Tim Pawlenty, 2 percent; Jon Huntsman, 1 percent; undecided/other, 32 percent.
Haridopolos has received a couple of high-profile endorsements recently: Huckabee and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. The Huckabee endorsement was expected, since one of the former Arkansas governor's top fundraisers, lobbyist Frank Tsamoutales, is a top Haridopolos adviser.
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GOP unhappy with the options?
Understatement of the year: "We kind of learned last year that it doesn't necessarily help to have the senatorial committee coming in and obviously recruiting a candidate or endorsing people in primaries," U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday when asked for an update on the National Republican Senatorial Committee's plan for Florida's Senate primary.
"But," he added, "we're going to continue to encourage good people to get involved. I remain convinced that the quality of the candidate still makes a big difference."
Perhaps another sign that national Republicans and activists are unsatisfied with the candidates - Hasner, Haridopolos and LeMieux. Cornyn, who got into a flap over a plan to draw former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough into the race, chose his words carefully. "The primary, if I'm not mistaken, is August of 2012. So it's still early and there's plenty of opportunity for people to get involved."
Should others jump in?
"I'm really am sort of ambivalent about that," Cornyn replied. "I'm not going to be the one making that choice; it's going to be the primary voters. I'm content to let it play itself out."
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Blogger, Broward GOP at odds
Shark Tank blogger Javier Manjarres has been at war with the Broward Republican Executive Committee and chairman Richard DeNapoli, and filed a series of complaints against committee members with the state GOP. After a marathon meeting of the party grievance committee Friday, members unanimously voted that three of Manjarres' complaints be dismissed, including the one against DeNapoli, and a fourth be dismissed after a Republican operative retracted something he supposedly said about Manjarres' criminal record.
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Sheldon's new job announced
That job we said George Sheldon was getting with the Obama administration ... it's official. On Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced he would join the Administration for Children and Families. Sheldon was head of Florida's Department of Children and Families.