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PPP survey on GOP Senate race again has David Jolly on top, but vast plurality are undecided

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The latest Public Policy Polling survey of the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Florida affirms what has been the case with similar surveys on this contest.

That is, Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly leads the field, but the overwhelming number of Florida Republican simply don’t have an opinion on who to vote for, more than five months before the August primary.

The survey, commissioned by Florida Democratic strategist Christian Ulvert, shows Jolly with 19 percent support, followed by Ponte Vedra Beach Congressman Ron DeSantis at 13 percent. Former CIA contractor and Iraq military veteran Todd Wilcox is at 11 percent, and Lieutenant-Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera at nine percent.

The poll did not include Manatee County developer Carlos Beruff, who just entered the contest last week.

However, nearly half of those surveyed, or 47 percent, said they had no idea who they are considering.

That has been the same result in a number of other polls conducted that have indicated the same thing, none more dramatic than a Washington Post/Univision poll released on Thursday that showed that an overwhelming majority – 74 percent – had no idea who they would vote for in the August 30 primary.

The results in the PPP poll come from the same one that Ulvert commissioned on the GOP presidential race in Florida released earlier this week.

PPP contacted 904 registered voters from a voter list and screened those who identified themselves as Republican voters. The survey took place on Monday and Tuesday, and has a margin of error of  +/- 3.3 percent.

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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