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“Unsure” leads new GOP Florida Senate poll — David Jolly next at 11.9 percent

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Rumors still float that there could be more candidates to enter the Florida U.S. Senate race, and a new survey of that race out on Wednesday from St. Leo University Polling Institute shows why that rumor persists.

A majority of voters surveyed — 56.5 percent — say they are unsure who they prefer in the race, which doesn’t go before voters until the end of August of 2016.

Next on the list is Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly at 11.6 percent. Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera is next at 8.2 percent. Former CIA contractor Todd Wilcox is tied with “someone else at 6.8 percent, Congressman Ron DeSantis is at 6.1 percent, and Ilya Katz is at 4.1 percent.

On the Democratic side, there are slightly fewer people unsure, but still the vast majority — at 46.9 percent.

Next up is Jupiter Representative Patrick Murphy at 16.9 percent. Alan Grayson is at 7.1 percent, which St. Leo’s says is essentially tied with “someone else,” which comes in at 7.7 percent.

Lateresa Jones is at 6.3 percent, and Pam Keith gets 4.4 percent.

St. Leo’s University Polling Institute polled 531 adults in Florida. 147 were Republicans, and 160 Democrats. The margin of error is plus or minus 8 percent with Republicans, and 7.5 percent with Democrats. The survey was conducted November 29 to December 3, 2015.

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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