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Republican-leaning poll: Andrew Gillum leads Ron DeSantis by 4 in Florida governor’s race

Andrew Gillum celebrates winning the Democratic primary for governor as he holds his son Davis Tuesday night in Tallahassee. [COLIN HACKLEY | for the Times]
Wednesday 12 September 2018 12.43

A new Florida Chamber of Commerce poll shows Democrat Andrew Gillum leading Republican Ron DeSantis among likely voters in the Florida governor's race.

The poll, which was conducted from Sept. 6 through Sept. 9, asked 514 likely voters who they would vote for in the November gubernatorial election. 47 percent said Gillum, and 43 percent said DeSantis, with eight percent undecided.

The poll's margin of error is plus/minus 4.4 percent, so even though he's down by four points, DeSantis is technically statistically tied with Gillum.

The poll's relatively small number of respondents also means you should take it with a grain of salt. Still, it's noteworthy that the Chamber, which leans Republican, put out a poll that shows the Democrat, Gillum, ahead.

It's not the only recent poll that's shown Gillum with a slight lead. A Democratic polling firm had Gillum up five points two weeks ago, and a Quinnipiac poll last week had the Tallahassee mayor ahead by three points.

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Remember when folks thought that Gillum was too extreme for the general electorate? Maybe so, but I believe he has led in every post-primary poll so far. https://t.co/RBRu4h6ssO

— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) September 12, 2018


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