Scott Plakon opens double-digit lead in House District 29

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Former state Rep. Scott Plakon has taken a 23-point advantage over first-term incumbent Rep. Mike Clelland, in a new StPetePolls survey for the House District 29 race.

Plakon, a Longwood Republican, leads Lake Mary Democrat Clelland by a 58 to 35 percent margin. HD 29 covers the Republican-leaning region of Seminole County and the cities of Lake Mary, Longwood and parts of Sanford. Just over 6 percent of respondents were undecided.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott also remains popular over Democratic challenger Charlie Crist in the district containing the Orlando suburbs. HD 29 voters gives Scott the lead over Crist by 19 points, 53 to 34 percent, with libertarian Adrian Wyllie breaking 10 percent, and just under 4 percent saying they are undecided.

The survey, commissioned by SaintPetersBlog, contacted 304 likely voters on October 14 using a random automated phone call system from the registered voters within District 29. Only those voters that cast ballots in the 2010 and 2012 general elections were included in the results.

The poll has a +/- 5.6 percent margin of error and a 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.