Scott Sturgill with 5-point lead over Bob Cortes in HD 30 primary, but most GOP voters undecided

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Republican primary voters in Florida House District 30 are largely undecided over who will face first-term Democratic Rep. Karen Castor-Dentel in November, according to a new poll released this week.

In a survey of likely voters taken July 15 by StPetePolls, the primary race between Longwood City Commissioner and business executive Bob Cortes and Seminole County Soil & Water Conservation Commissioner Scott Sturgill is still up in the air, with nearly 57 percent of respondents undecided.

Among GOP voters expressing a preference, Sturgill leads Cortes by a five-point margin, 24-19 percent.

Republicans in the district, which covers parts of Seminole and Orange Counties, are giving the thumbs down to medical marijuana. More than half of those responding say they would not support Amendment 2 if the election were held today — by a margin of 55-40 percent. Five percent were undecided.

SaintPetersBlog commissioned the automated phone system poll of 263 randomly selected registered HD 30 voters from records as of June 6, and only those who said they would be casting a ballot on August 26 were included in the results. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 6.0 percent with 95 percent confidence level.

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