John Shannon takes 11-point lead over Colleen Burton in HD 40 primary

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Lakeland Attorney and Marine Corps veteran John Shannon has an 11-point advantage over primary opponent Colleen Burton in the race for Florida House District 40.

In the latest polling from StPetePolls, commissioned by SaintPetersBlog, Shannon leads Burton by a margin of 37-26 percent of likely Republican voters in the GOP primary. However, with only a few weeks before the Aug. 26 ballot, 38 percent say they are still undecided.

The two conservatives are running to succeed the powerful term-limited Rep. Seth McKeel in a Republican-leaning district covering much of metropolitan Lakeland and Polk County.

The winner will face Democrat Ricky Shirah and American Independent Party candidate Franklin Shoemaker in November.

More than half of Republicans polled say they are against the proposal to legalize medical marijuana in November. If the election were held today, Amendment 2 would fail with 51 percent, versus 42 percent support. The measure needs 60 percent approval to pass. Under 7 percent of likely voters remain undecided.

Respondents were chosen at random from registered Republican voter population of HD 40, and only those voters who said they were planning to cast ballots included in the results.

For the sample size of 217 voters, the poll has a +/- 6.7 percent margin of error at 95 percent confidence level.


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