Nine weeks before primary election day and two things are certain – Adam Putnam is the clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination for governor, and it’s a two-person horse race for the Democratic nomination between Philip Levine and Gwen Graham.
A new NBC News/Marist Poll of 1,083 registered voters in Florida confirms what most recent polls have shown – Agriculture Commissioner Putnam has a double-digit lead over Congressman Ron DeSantis. The NBC News/Marist Poll has Putnam leading 38-21 with 39% undecided. Including this latest survey, that’s now three straight polls that show Putnam with a big lead – Florida Chamber & Fox News were released in the last two weeks.
There have been two changes in the Republican race since this new poll was completed last Thursday – President Trump endorsed DeSantis, who then released his first TV commercial backed by a $12 million ad buy. That’s certain to tighten the race.
On the Democratic side, the race appears to be between former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who represents the liberal wing of the party and former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, the daughter of former governor and senator Bob Graham. She is considered a moderate. Levine claims 19% support, Graham 17%, three other candidates combine with 15% and 47% are undecided.