Tampa Bay Times poll: Shockingly, Florida gov’s race still tied

in Uncategorized by

Another day, another poll saying the Florida governor’s race is a dead heat, really close, etc. Choose your own description.

This time, it is the Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Graham Center survey confirming what everyone else knows: Florida’s governor race, one of the most negative and expensive campaigns in state history, is (still) tied.

Republican Rick Scott receives 36 percent of likely voters, 36 percent support Democratic nominee Charlie Crist, another 6 percent for Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie. Thirteen percent did not state a preference, 7 percent remain undecided.

Taking out those who refused to answer, the numbers become 42 percent for Crist, 41 percent for Scott, and 7 percent for Wyllie.

The poll also found that Amendment 2, the initiative legalizing medical marijuana ballot, also falls short of the 60 percent mark needed to pass. Just 46 percent of respondents support the measure, 43 percent oppose it.

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.