Jay Fant leads Paul Renner by double-digits in GOP primary for HD 15

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Jacksonville Republican Jay Fant leads attorney Paul Renner in the GOP primary for the race to replace term-limited Rep. Daniel Davis, according to the latest poll of likely voters from StPetePolls.

Fant, a former chair of the First Guaranty Bank and Trust Co., has a 24-point advantage over Renner, a South Florida state attorney and Navy veteran in the August 26 primary for the House District 15 seat, which covers much of Duval County.

In the July 15 poll of 151 registered Republican voters in HD 15, commissioned by SaintPetersBlog, Fant gets 48 percent, with Renner receiving 24 percent; just over 28 percent of respondents are still undecided.

Medical marijuana might be popular with the Republican voters of HD 15 — with more than half saying they support the amendment to the Florida Constitution seeking to legalize pot for the treatment of debilitating medical conditions – it may not be enough for the measure to succeed in November.

Pollsters found 55 percent of respondents backing Amendment 2, while 39 percent are against it. That is just short of the 60 percent support needed for it to pass. Six percent say they are undecided.

The poll was an automated phone call polling system using randomly selected registered Republicans in House District 15.Only those voters saying they were planning to cast a ballot were included in the results.

With a sample size of 151 voters, the survey has a +/- 8.0 percent margin of error, with 95 percent confidence level.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.