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New poll shows Jim Davison leading Tampa City Council District 7 race

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Emergency room physician Jim Davison leads in a new poll of the Tampa City Council District 7 race, but the majority of those surveyed say they aren’t sure who they will be voting for yet in the Nov. 8 election.

The survey comes from St.Pete Polls, an automatic robocall pollster, which interviewed 402 voters in the district from October 14 to 16. It has a margin of error at plus-minus 4.9 percent.

Davison receives 27 percent of support in the poll, dwarfing his next closest competitor, Avis Harrison, who is at 10 percent. Cyril Spiro (8.3) and Orlando Gudes (7.7) are at 8 percent, Luis Veira is at 7 percent, and Gene Siudut is at 4 percent.

However, the majority of those surveyed, or 36 percent, said they weren’t certain all who they were going to vote for in the election to replace Lisa Montelione, who is leading the board after five-and-half years to run for a state House seat.

If no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the vote on Nov. 8, there will be a runoff election in December.

St.Pete Polls calls only landlines, and not cell phones for their survey. St. Pete Polls say the results are then weighted to account for proportional differences between the respondents’ demographics and the demographics of the active voter population for Tampa Florida’s 7th City Council District.

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

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