Stop worrying, GOP, Thad Altman holds commanding lead in SD 16 primary

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With few competitive state Senate seats up for grabs this election cycle, fundraisers for the Florida GOP’s legislative campaign arm have sometimes had difficulty explaining why high-dollar donors should contribute to their efforts.

Other than races in SD 22 (Jeff Brandes vs. Judithanne McLauchlan) and SD 34 (Ellyn Bogdanoff vs. Maria Sachs), there’s little on the board for donors about which to get excited. To fill in the excitement gap, some have speculated that SD 16 incumbent Thad Altman could be in danger of being “Cantored” by self-funder Monique Miller in a GOP primary.

Well, you can forget about that wolf ticket.

Altman holds a commanding lead in his re-election campaign for Senate District 16, according a new survey released by StPetePolls.

The Space Coast Republican receives the support of 71 percent of likely GOP primary voters. Miller takes only 13 percent, while 15 percent remain undecided.

The poll, commissioned by SaintPetersBlog, was conducted July 10, with a random sample of 429 registered voters in the district covering parts of Brevard, and Indian River counties.

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.