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New Gravis marketing poll in Florida: Donald Trump 34%, Ben Carson 22%, Jeb Bush 15%

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A new Gravis Marketing poll released on Monday shows New York City real estate titan Donald Trump continuing to have a strong lead in Florida in the Republican race for president, garnering 33.6 percent of the vote.

As has been the case throughout the country, Trump has been leading in polls in Florida for well over a month now.

Following the trend in Iowa, New Hampshire and across the country, retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson is in second with 22.4 percent of the vote.

In third place is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 15.2 percent of the vote.

There’s then a significant drop to fourth place, held by Carly Florina with 6.2 percent. She’s followed by Ted Cruz at 5.7 percent, Marco Rubio at 5.4 percent and John Kasich at 5.3 percent. Mike Huckabee is at 1.8 percent, and Scott Walker is down to 1.1 percent. Five other candidates get below 1 percent of the vote.

Interestingly, when Republican voters in Florida were asked who they would support if the race were between favorite sons Bush and Rubio, Rubio wins easily, 51-31 percent, with 18 percent undecided.

Hillary Clinton‘s email server problems don’t seem to be affecting her in Florida as in some of the other early states. She leads in the Democratic Primary in Florida with 41.6 percent support, followed by non-candidate Joe Biden at 21.4 percent. Bernie Sanders is third with 12.5 percent.

Gravis conducted a random survey of 1,584 registered voters in Florida between September 5-11, and  has a margin of error of ±3% for the 891 Republicans and ± 4% for the 693 Democrats. The total may not round to 100 percent because of rounding. The polls were conducted using automated telephone calls (IVR technology) and cell phone responses.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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