Keep this in mind when you read tomorrow’s Tampa Bay Times poll of St. Pete’s mayoral race

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Word is the Tampa Bay Times will release on Wednesday the results of its survey of St. Petersburg’s mayoral race.

Here’s one nugget from the Ghost of Polls Past to keep in mind when the results are published.

In 2011, the Times polled Tampa’s mayoral race using Braun Research — just as it is using that firm in this campaign. The poll surveyed voters who said they definitely planned to vote in the March 1, 2011 election.

The poll found Bob Buckhorn in third place with 14 percent.

I bring this up to remind readers a) that the Times has a particularly mixed record when it comes to its published polls (remember how it had Mitt Romney winning Florida by six points?); and b) don’t count out Rick Kriseman if he’s in third place in the Times poll. 

Just ask Mayor Greco or Mayor Ferlita how reliable the Times‘ polls are.

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.