PPP poll: Pam Bondi in for closer race than expected

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Despite a massive fundraising advantage over her opponents, Attorney General Pam Bondi appears to be in for a tough re-election campaign. At least that’s what the latest survey from Public Policy Polling finds.

Bondi, a Republican, leads her Democratic rivals, Rep. Perry Thurston and George Sheldon, by just two and three points, respectively.

Bondi leads Thurston 37 percent to 35 percent, with 28 percent undecided; she leads Sheldon, a former Department of Children and Families secretary, 37 percent to 34 percent with 29 percent undecided.

Although PPP is often described as a Democratic-leaning polling outfit, the results of this latest survey do not bear that out. Rick Scott trails Charlie Crist by just two points, for example.

Sheldon and Thurston have struggled to raise money for their campaigns. The two candidates combined to raise less than $19,000 in December for their campaign accounts, while Bondi continued to widen her huge financial lead. Sheldon collected $6,525 during December, bringing his total to $58,332. Thurston raised $12,315, giving him a total of $33,815.

Bondi, meanwhile, raised $116,105 during December and had a total of $642,556. Two Bondi-aligned political committees also have combined to raise a total of about $1.2 million. 

Based on these numbers, Bondi will need every dollar she can raise to hold off the eventual Democratic nominee.

The survey was conducted Jan. 16-21 and included 591 respondents. 

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Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.

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