In Fight among Fla Dems,Billionaire LeadsJuly 29, 2010 - 9:54 PM | by: Serafin Gomez
MIAMI-According to a new Quinnipiac poll released Thursday, billionaire insurgent candidate Jeff Greene has taken a double-digit lead in the Florida Democratic Senate race against Congressman Kendrick Meek, the favorite among establishment Democrats, 33 % to 23%. Meek lead Greene only a month ago in the last survey by the respected polling institute, 29% to 27 %. Since then, Greene– a colorful, real estate tycoon who has never held political office–has used millions of his own money to unleash a barrage of TV ads across the Sunshine State, and effectively leap-frog over Meek with just weeks before the Democratic Senate primary. Meek only just released his first television ad this past week.
“If there was any doubt that enough money can make a political unknown into a front- runner, the Democratic Senate primary ….should lay them to rest,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said in a statement.
Greene’s rise is also due in part to the the anti-incumbent, anti-establishment momentum of voters across the country that has also rooted itself here in the 4th most populous state that has seen recent corruption among the state’s major political parties, high unemployment, and one of the nation’s highest rates of foreclosures– a turbulent, and politically toxic mix that has re-shuffled the political deck in Florida. Although Greene holds a 10 point lead lead 35 % of those surveyed are undecided, a huge number that will continue turn this contentious race into a true political throw-down as the two Democrats battle for those voters who have yet to pick a candidate. More analysis from Quinnipiac:
“Although Greene holds a double-digit lead in the Democratic primary, likely voters say 44 – 35 percent that they would prefer a candidate with long government experience. Greene’s favorability among likely Democratic primary voters is 31 – 18 percent, with 47 percent who say they don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. Meek gets a 28 – 13 percent favorability, with 55 percent who don’t know enough about him. By 26 – 21 percent they say Greene most shares their values, with 46 percent undecided. By 22 – 16 percent they say Meek is more consistently liberal, with 57 percent undecided. From July 22 – 27, 782 Democratic likely primary voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points. These likely voters were selected from lists of people who have voted in past elections.”