Poll shows Philip Levine’s lead growing in Democratic primary

However, the poll was commissioned by Edge Communications, which is working with Levine's campaign.
Published April 12, 2018

Philip Levine's lead in the Florida gubernatorial Democratic primary is growing, according to a poll commissioned by the former Miami Beach mayor's political consultant and released Thursday morning.

Little more than four months away from the election, Levine leads Gwen Graham by six points, according to data by Public Policy Polling. The firm, which queried 491 Democratic voters this week, found that Levine holds 29 percent of the vote, compared to 23 percent for Graham, 8 percent for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and 4 percent for Winter Park businessman Chris King.

That leaves more than a third of Democratic primary voters undecided.

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The poll was commissioned by Edge Communications, which is working with Levine's campaign.

Levine has steadily risen in polls since his entry into the race in November. Thanks in part to his own personal fortune, his campaign hit the airwaves early and often. Where Graham just recently released her first digital ad, he has already spent millions on television and social media commercials.

In a second, general election poll, PPP found that U.S. Senator Bill Nelson leads Gov. Rick Scott 50 percent to 44 percent. The poll also found that both Graham and Levine lead Republican gubernatorial candidates Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis in head-to-head matchups, with Levine faring a little better.

The poll queried 661 Florida voters, 37 percent of whom were Democrats and 36 percent of whom were Republican.

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