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Poll: Jeff Greene a non-factor in south Florida, where Philip Levine dominates

The poll of Broward and Palm Beach Democrats shows Levine leading by more than 30 percentage points
The four Democratic nominees for governor met Wednesday in the first gubernatorial debate in Tampa. From left to right: Chris King, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Andrew Gillum. [WTVT-Ch. 13]
The four Democratic nominees for governor met Wednesday in the first gubernatorial debate in Tampa. From left to right: Chris King, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Andrew Gillum. [WTVT-Ch. 13]
Published Jun. 7, 2018|Updated Jun. 7, 2018

A poll of likely Democratic primary voters in Broward and Palm Beach County finds Miami Beach businessman Philip Levine blowing out the crowded primary field – including Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, the newly announced candidate.

The June 3-5 survey of 350 primary voters in those key counties showed Levine with 39 percent support, Andrew Gillum with 9, Gwen Graham 8, Chris King with 5 percent, Greene 4 percent, and 34 percent undecided.

"The two counties were chosen for closer examination because they have emerged as a flash point in the early stages of the primary with at least two campaigns and one outside organization spending in the region. As a result, 65 percent of Palm Beach Democrats and 50 percent of Broward County Democrats reporting having received communications from the Democrats running for Governor," pollster Tom Eldon said in a memo.

"Jeff Greene's entry into the race does not appear to have a dramatic impact on the race apart from dropping Gwen Graham into 5th place in Greene's home county," Eldon noted.

In Palm Beach County, Levine drew 40 percent, King 8 percent, Gillum and Greene 6, and Graham 4. King has been running TV ads in Palm Beach since last month.

In Broward, Levine has 38 percent, Gillum 12 percent, Graham 11 percent, and Greene and King each 3 percent.

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