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POLL: Andrew Gillum Leads Ron DeSantis in Florida Governor’s Race 48% to 43%

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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.

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.

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.

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.


The importance of voting cannot be overstated no matter what polls say.

Besides the gubernatorial race, the PPP poll had other bad news for Trump.

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