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Jim Davison leading Luis Viera, 42-35%, in Tampa City Council special election

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A plurality of voters in Tampa’s City Council District 7 continue to show support for emergency room physician Jim Davison, a new survey shows.

Davison leads attorney Luis Viera by 42-35 percent, according to a new poll released Tuesday by St. Pete Polls.

Twenty-three percent of voters say they are unsure.

Davison, the only registered Republican in the original six-person field, took home the most votes in the November 8 contest, receiving 31 percent of the ballot.

Viera, a registered Democrat, was second with 22 percent.

The only poll by St. Pete Polls before the November 8 primary election had Davison with 27 percent of the vote. However, that same survey had Viera in fifth place with 7 percent, when he ended up in second.

Two of the four candidates who didn’t make the run-off – Cyril Spiro and Avis Harrison – have announced support for Davison in the December 6 special election.  The other two candidates, Gene Siudut and Orlando Gudes, remained quiet.

The robocall of 322 voters took place on November 21 and has a 5.5 percent margin of error. Eighty-one percent of those surveyed said they intended to vote in the election.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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