Republican candidate Paul Renner received solid support for his House District 15 bid, through a straw poll at Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Hob Nob event Thursday evening.
Renner, who faces Jay Fant in the GOP primary to succeed term-limited Republican state Rep. Daniel Davis, received 60 percent of the vote. Hob Nob, which gives the public a chance to meet with candidates and other local politicos, was held at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront in Jacksonville.
JAX Chamber and WOKV News 104.5 were joint sponsors of the event billed as the “premier non-partisan political event of 2014.”
“The results of the straw poll further demonstrate how our message of commonsense conservative leadership is resonating with Republican voters as we head toward the primary on Aug. 26,” Renner said in a statement.
Renner is a former South Florida state attorney and Navy veteran who served during Desert Storm and in Afghanistan, where he earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
“Like the oath I took in the military, in everything I do, I will protect and defend our Constitution that limits government and protects our liberty,” he said. “That includes pushing back against the federal government in favor of more state and local solutions and placing more control in the hands of individuals and families where it belongs.”
The largely Republican crowd, by a 69-24 margin, also favored Gov. Rick Scott for re-election over likely Democratic nominee Charlie Crist. With 1,185 ballots cast, former state Sen. Nan Rich received 5 percent, and libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie took just over one percent.
District 15 covers much of Duval County.
For full results of the straw poll, where, visit here.