Here’s the latest news out of Florida courtesy of UNF’s latest poll:
The Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida has a new poll of likely voters that reveals Andrew Gillum in the lead for the upcoming gubernatorial election in Florida, with Ron DeSantis close behind and Sen. Bill Nelson with a slight lead over Gov. Rick Scott in the upcoming Senate election for the state of Florida. The survey also shows that a supermajority of respondents support restoring the voting rights of individuals with felony convictions after they have served their sentences.
The poll, comprised of likely Florida voters, shows that 49 percent of respondents plan to vote for Gillum, the Democratic candidate in the upcoming election for Florida governor, while 43 percent plan to vote for the Republican candidate, DeSantis.
Of those likely voters, 7 percent don’t know who their choice will be. Among Democrats, 87 percent indicate they plan to vote for Gillum, 7 percent for DeSantis and 6 percent don’t know where they’ll cast their vote. Ten percent of Republican likely voters say they will vote for Gillum, while 84 percent indicate they’ll vote for DeSantis; 7 percent don’t know. Among Non-Party Affiliates (NPA) and other party likely voters, 56 percent plan to vote for Gillum, 31 percent for DeSantis and 13 percent are undecided.
Regarding the upcoming U.S. Senate race, when asked who they would vote for if the election were held today, 47 percent of likely voters indicated they would vote for Nelson, the Democratic candidate, 46 percent would vote for Scott, the Republican and 7 percent didn’t know. Of Democratic likely voters, 81 percent claim they will vote for Nelson, while 9 percent for Scott; 7 percent don’t know. Among Republican respondents, 10 percent say they will vote for Nelson, 86 percent for Scott and 5 percent don’t know.
“Almost 3 million people have already voted, and Gillum is clearly leading in the gubernatorial race. The senate race with Nelson and Scott is neck and neck, and the few remaining undecided voters are going to play a pivotal role in the outcome,” said Dr. Michael Binder, faculty director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF. “The big leads that both Gillum and Nelson have among NPA/Others highlights the importance of having the right amount of independents in your poll. Currently less than 18 percent of ballots cast have been by NPA/Others, we estimate that number will be 19 percent by November 6Th.”
Republicans are getting desperate about their chances in Florida. In the Governor’s race, Trump has resulted in racist attacks against Gillum:
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum slapped back at President Donald Trump late Monday in a post to Twitter, comparing the president to a pig even as he claimed to be unwilling to trade insults with Trump.
Trump, an endorser of GOP nominee Ron DeSantis in Florida's tight gubernatorial race, labeled Gillum — without elaborating — a “stone cold thief” in an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Monday night.
Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, responded to the president on Twitter, writing: “I heard @realDonaldTrump ran home to @FoxNews to lie about me. But as my grandmother told me — never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it. So ignore him and vote, Florida!”
New Republican Political Action Committee is launching its latest attack ad charging that Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is getting confused and does nothing but raise taxes and cut Medicare, this time with those words coming out of the mouth of a grandmother during a three-generation breakfast.
The 30-second spot “Generations” launches today in a statewide TV campaign from the independent super PAC that Gov. Rick Scott set up to support his Republican bid for Nelson’s Senate seat.
As a trio of women, apparently a grandmother, mother, and granddaughter sit in a diner, the mother observers that Nelson has been running for office as long as she’s been alive.
“And the things he’s been saying lately? Poor man seems more and more confused,” Grandma tells her daughter and granddaughter, hitting as hard as any of the New Republican commercials yet on the still-not-explicitly stated open suggestion that Nelson, 76, is losing his mental competence.
The former president will appear with Gillum and Nelson at Ice Palace Films Studios, the Florida Democratic Party announced Monday.
Free tickets must be picked up in person at one of four locations. One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets will be available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The pick-up locations are:
— Fort Lauderdale: 1033 NW Sixth St., Suite 206;
— Miami Gardens: 16190 NW 27th Ave.;
— North Miami: 822 NE 125th St., Suite 110; and
— Coral Gables: 354 Minorca Ave.
Be sure to get your tickets tomorrow and Thursday if you live in South Florida. Until then, let’s keep up the momentum and have the Blue Wave comes to Florida big time. Click below to get involved with Gillum, Nelson and their fellow Florida Democrats campaigns: