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Internal Poll: Levine Well Ahead in Tampa Area

Polls show many Floridians are undecided, prompting hopefuls to spend heavily on advertising.

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Madelaine Pisani
May 21, 2018, 11 a.m.

An internal poll conducted of Tampa-area voters last week by Public Policy Polling (May 15-16, 581 LV) for Philip Levine (D) found the former Miami Beach mayor with a double-digit lead over his closest opponent, 33 percent to 19 percent for former Rep. Gwen Graham (D). (Florida Politics)

With the race far from decided and three months until the Florida primaries, there has been a flurry of large ad buys from outside spending groups and candidate-aligned PACs. “So far, at least $13 million has been spent on television ads in the governor’s race that includes two Republicans and four Democrats vying for the job that will be vacated by Gov. Rick Scott. Television ads are poised to play a crucial role in the race since polls continue to show a majority of the state’s voters don’t really know the Republican or Democratic candidates vying to replace him. Some of the ads are being paid for by groups that insist they have no legal obligation to disclose who’s paying for them. Other ads are being coordinated with campaigns relying on their own legal interpretation to sidestep laws and rules intended to place limits on ad campaigns being funded by large donors.” (AP)

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