Nearly six-in-10 HD 59 voters want to keep State Rep. Ross Spano, polling shows

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Nearly six in 10 likely House District 59 voters want to re-elect first-term state Rep. Ross Spano, who holds a 23-point lead over Democratic challenger Donna Lee Fore in a new survey from StPetePolls.

Spano, a Republican attorney from Riverview, received 57 percent of likely voters polled Oct. 14 in the district covering most of central Hillsborough County. Fore, co-owner of P.F. Auto Glass in Tampa took 34 percent, with 9 percent of respondents remaining undecided.

Republicans surveyed overwhelmingly support Spano (82 percent) while receiving a respectable chunk of Democratic voters (27 percent) and an even larger share of independents (59 percent). Fore receives support from 63 percent of Democrats polled, 11 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of independents.

In the governor’s race, HD 59 voters also gave incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott a seven-point lead against Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, a margin of 45 to 38 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie took nearly 12 percent, and just under 5 percent of respondents say they are undecided.

Commissioned by SaintPetersBlog, pollsters randomly chose respondents within the HD 59 registered voter population listed as of Sept. 4. Only voters saying they voted in the 2010 and 2012 general elections and were planning to cast a ballot were included in the results.

The survey sample size was 426, and the poll has a +/- 4.7 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.