SSN Poll: Undecided leads GOP primary for AG: Kottkamp 17%, Bondi 16%, Benson 12%

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The front-runner in the Republican race for attorney general is none of the three candidates in the contest, according to a Sunshine State News Poll released Wednesday. It is “Undecided.”

With less than three weeks left until the primary, 55 percent of respondents say they haven’t yet selected a favorite from a field of two Tallahassee insiders and one outsider.

Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and former state prosecutor Pam Bondi are locked in a virtual dead heat at 17 percent and 16 percent respectively, according to the statewide Sunshine State News Poll by Voter Survey Service. Holly Benson, former secretary of the state Agency for Health Care Administration, runs third at 12 percent.

“It’s up for grabs between Bondi and Kottkamp, but Bondi is the one to watch. She’s the only candidate who isn’t part of the (Charlie) Crist team, the only one who’s not part of the Tallahassee crowd,” said Jim Lee, president of VSS, which conducted the poll.

The VSS survey, commissioned by Sunshine State News and taken July 26-30, is the largest poll of Florida voters this year. The sampling questioned 1,345 Republicans who say they will cast ballots in the Aug. 24 primary election.

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