The first round of general election polling is out in the race for Florida governor and it spells bad news for Congressman Ron DeSantis, the Republican candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump.
First post-primary poll of Florida, by PPP, has Andrew Gillum up 5% in Governor's race–surely one of year's elections with biggest contrast. (Nelson leads by 1% in the same sample and Trump's approval is at 46%.) https://t.co/9gEjZQmtDZ
— Taniel (@Taniel) August 30, 2018
Florida Democratic consultant Christian Ulvert commissioned the survey from left-leaning Public Policy Polling, which is the first since DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum secured their respective party’s nominations on Tuesday. Gillum is finishing his tenure as mayor of Tallahassee, Florida’s capital.
— The Hill (@thehill) August 30, 2018
Conducted from August 29-30, the poll found that 48 percent of 743 voters surveyed preferred Gillum for governor, while 43 percent of voters said they support DeSantis.
Among independents, a voting bloc which is key to victory in Florida, Gillum holds a 34-point edge over DeSantis.
Maybe the most telling stat in the article: Among independents — a massive voting bloc in the state — Gillum leads DeSantis by 34 points, the poll found.
— LiarinChief (@TrumpDaGrifter) August 30, 2018
Gillum also scored higher favorability ratings than DeSantis: 45 percent to 41 percent, respectively.
People are excited over the prospect of Florida electing its first black governor. The last Democrat to occupy the office was Buddy McKay in the late 1990’s.
COME ON #Florida! YOU CAN DO IT! 💙💙💙
— Bright 🌞 Mind 📚Veteran 🗽 (@BrightM1nd) August 30, 2018
Ignore polls, keep up the surge for Gillum! It's never enough until it's over!
— David C III 🇯🇲🇺🇸 (@DaveLeeC3) August 30, 2018
The importance of voting cannot be overstated no matter what polls say.
Florida voters. Remember 2016 and vote. @lyft is giving away free rides to voters on election day. Vote. Vote. Minority voters that are being jerrymandered out of your coices VOTE. Realize the opposite of progressive isn't conservative. It's regressive.
— Brie Stoll (@briemail) August 30, 2018
Don’t believe it. Don’t believe it. Get out the vote! Register young folks! Keep pushing!!!!
— Jerri Eckmann (@360hawks) August 30, 2018
Don't rest. Ignore polls. Get the young people out to vote
— rubyb (@rubyb) August 30, 2018
ignore these polls…vote blue!!!
— Annette (@annette1010) August 30, 2018
Besides the gubernatorial race, the PPP poll had other bad news for Trump.