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Poll: Gwen Graham, Ron DeSantis leading their primaries in Florida governor race

Latest poll confirms Adam Putnam now running from behind.
A roll of "I Voted" stickers sit on a table inside a polling station. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Published Jul. 27, 2018
Updated Aug. 12, 2018

With the highest name recognition in the field and stronger support from women, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham is leading the Democratic primary for governor, according to the latest poll.

In the volatile five-candidate race, 27 percent of registered voters say they back Graham with 18 percent supporting former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, according to Mason-Dixon Polling. Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene was a late entrant but after airing millions in ads, he is in third at 12 percent. Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum came in at 10 percent with Winter Park businessman Chris King locking up 7 percent.

MORE ON GRAHAM: How a mega-mall project became an issue in the Florida governor race.

A quarter of Democratic primary voters remain undecided.

Meanwhile, polls continue to trend well for U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis since receiving the endorsement of President Donald Trump. DeSantis now leads Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam 41 percent to 29 percent a month before their Republican primary.

MORE ON DESANTIS: He wants to lead a state through hurricanes. He voted against helping Sandy victims.

Before the endorsement, polls showed Putnam with a double-digit lead over DeSantis.

More Republican voters recognize DeSantis' name and hold a favorable view of the candidate (44 percent) than Putnam (37 percent).

Across all Floridians surveyed, Graham and DeSantis also led the field as the candidates who were both recognized and viewed favorably.

But something to watch for if these two candidates meet in a general election: Just 5 percent of all surveyed who said they recognized Graham held an unfavorable view, whereas 21 percent of people who knew DeSantis said they didn't like him.

Mason-Dixon conducted the poll of 625 registered voters from July 23 to July 25. All those surveyed indicated they were likely to vote. The poll's margin for error is 4 percentage points.

Vote-by-mail began in Florida on July 24. The primary election is on Aug. 28.

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