Latest poll of CD 19 special election: Clawson 38%, Benacquisto 19%, Dreikorn 18%, Kreegel 17%

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Congressional candidate Curt Clawson leads the GOP pack by 19 points in Tuesday’s special primary for Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

In a poll commissioned by WINK News and The News-Press gives the former CEO a 2 to 1 lead over his closest rival, Florida Senate majority leader Lizbeth Benacquisto.

The study of 669 likely Republican voters puts Clawson ahead with 38 percent; Benacquisto came in second with19. Aviation authority Michael Dreikorn received 18 percent, and former state Rep. Paige Kreegel came in last with 17 percent.

Public Policy Polling conducted the CD 19 survey on April 14-16.

“We are humbled by the outpouring of support,” Clawson said in a statement. “Let’s finish strong on Tuesday and I look forward to seeing everyone at tomorrow’s Tea Party Express Rally in Estero,” Clawson added.

Support for Clawson was fairly even among men and women, with the strongest among those who say they are “very conservative,” double that of Benacquisto and Kreegel.

Allen Bratton told WINK that he “appreciated the straight-forward commercials that he presented. I like his ideas.” In Collier County, Clawson wins with 50 percent of the survey respondents, most likely due to the support of Byron Donalds and the Naples Tea Party.

In Lee County, Clawson receives 33 percent support of those surveyed. Benacquisto has support of 20 percent of women respondents and only 6 percent of voters aged 18 to 45. In contrast, Clawson has 35 percent of those between 18 and 45.

Early voting for the Republican special primary ends Saturday, April 19.  The general election is Tuesday, April 22.

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