Democrat Patrick Murphy opens up solid leads over possible Republican U.S. Senate opponents

in 2017/Top Headlines by

Democratic candidates hold small early leads in Florida’s 2016 U.S. Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today.

In possible matchups in the 2016 U.S. Senate race in Florida:

  • Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy tops Republican Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera 40-28 percent;
  • Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson tops Lopez-Cantera 37-31 percent;
  • Murphy tops Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis 39-31 percent;
  • Grayson tops DeSantis 38-32 percent;

The possible candidates are largely unknown at this point as the percentage of voters who don’t know enough about each candidate ranges from 62 percent to 81 percent.

The U.S. Senate candidates in Florida might want to put their pictures on milk cartons to increase their visibility. U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is the best-known, but 62 percent of voters don’t know him well-enough to have an opinion about him. The “don’t know” numbers for the others are even worse.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.