Richard DeNapoli has double-digit lead over Julio Gonzales in HD 74 GOP primary

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Richard DeNapoli has taken a double-digit lead over Venice orthopedic surgeon Julio Gonzalez in the GOP primary for House District 74, according to new polling released by StPetePolls.

In the survey of 554 registered Republican voters in the heavily Republican district of Osprey, Venice and parts of North Port and Englewood, DeNapoli leads his primary opponent by 49-26 percent margin. More than one-quarter of voters (just under 26 percent) remain undecided leading up to the August 26 primary. SaintPetersBlog commissioned the survey, taken July 15.

Respondents were chosen at random from registered Republican voter population of HD 74, and only those voters that said they were planning to cast ballots included in the results.

For the sample size of 554 voters, the poll has a +/- 4.2 percent margin of error at 95 percent confidence level.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.