Five-way open primary in HD 31 wide-open, new poll says

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Only weeks ahead of the GOP primary for Florida House District 31, new polling from StPetePolls shows a wide-open race as five Republicans face off for the region covering Lake and Orange Counties.

More than 42 percent of likely primary voters say they are undecided in the July 16 survey commissioned by SaintPetersBlog.

Of those likely voters showing a preference, nearly 17 percent support youth development leader Jennifer Sullivan. Coming in second is health clinic executive Randy Glisson, with over 15 percent, followed by former teacher union leader Belita “B” Grassel, who received 11 percent.

Businessperson Terri Seefeldt took a little over 8 percent, and fraud crimes investigator Joseph Stephens just under 7 percent, coming in fifth.

HD 31 includes the towns of Eustis, Tavares, Umatilla, Mt. Dora and Apopka.

As for legalizing medical marijuana, more than half of Republican voters in HD 31 would give Constitutional Amendment 2 the nod, but support rests just under the 60 percent needed for passage in November, by only two-tenths of a percentage point. More than 34 percent of likely voters oppose, and under six percent remain undecided.

Respondents in HD 31 were chosen at random from registered voter population according to records as of June 6. Only those voters that said they were planning to cast ballots included in the results.

For the sample size of 525 registered, likely voters, the poll has a +/- 4.3 percent margin of error at 95 percent confidence level.

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.