Rick Kriseman begins general election campaign with three point lead — 47% to 44% — over Bill Foster, fresh poll says

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As Bill Foster and Rick Kriseman pivot quickly to a general election campaign against each other, the latest survey from St. Pete Polls (commissioned by this blog) shows that Kriseman starts out with a three point lead over the incumbent.

In the first poll of registered voters since Tuesday’s election, Kriseman leads Foster 47% to 44%, with approximately 9% of voters undecided.

Foster says his plan for the time between now and the general election is to talk about issues facing the city in a style that allows more debate. He says his record stands on its own.

“I think most people feel like St. Petersburg’s going in the right direction and I want people to look around. Look at the construction, look at the jobs, look at downtown, look at the neighborhoods,” said Foster.

Foster said he is prepared to debate on topics like the pier and the Rays, saying his leadership style has suited the city well.

“Let’s get down to visions and let’s talk about the issues,” he said.

Former city council member and state legislator Rick Kriseman says he is well aware that he faces a well-funded and well-connected Mayor Foster.

He says he plans to go after those who voted for Kathleen Ford. 

“And I’m gonna work hard to earn their votes. Because if there’s one thing that I’ve learned on this campaign, is that the residents of this city are craving leadership and honesty, and action and results,” said Kriseman.

The poll was conducted by an automated phone call polling system. The results were then weighted to account for proportional differences between the respondents’ demographics and the demographics of the registered voter population within the city. The demographics used were: party, race and age.

The voters polled were chosen at random within the registered voter population within the city.

The scientific results shown in the summary below have a sample size of 512 respondents and a margin of error of 4.3% at a 95% confidence level.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.