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Donald Trump up by 20 percentage points in Florida in new Bay News 9 survey

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Although Ben Carson has been on a rise nationally and in several states, that’s not the case in Florida, where Donald Trump continues to dominate the field – including Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.

In his best showing yet in the Sunshine State, the Bay News 9/News 13/Florida Decides poll shows Trump with 37 percent support. Carson is in second, with only 17 percent support. Marco Rubio is right behind at 16 percent. Ted Cruz is at 10 percent.

And Jeb Bush? He’s in fifth place, with just 7 percent support. No one else gets more than 3 percent.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is dominating Bernie Sanders, 66 to 24 percent.

In head to head match-ups, Clinton loses to both Trump and Carson in Florida in this survey. Trump leads Clinton, 47-43 percent, while Carson leads by the same margin, 47-43 percent.

The poll was conducted Wednesday, Oct. 28 – Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 by SurveyUSA for Bay News 9 and News 13.

3,000 state of Florida adults were interviewed. Of the adults, 2,712 were registered to vote in the state of Florida. Of the registered voters, 2,400 were determined to be likely to vote in the Nov. 8, 2016 general election. Of the registered voters, SurveyUSA determined that 922 were likely to vote in the Republican primary, and 826 were likely to vote in the Democratic primary, both on March 15, 2016.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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