Politics

Charlie Crist Blowing Out Nan Rich in Primary Poll; Democrats Unsure on AG Candidate

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 29, 2014 1:30 PM
Charlie Crist and Nan Rich

Charlie Crist and Nan Rich

Florida Democrats can expect a close statewide primary next month -- and it's not just the one to determine who challenges Gov. Rick Scott in November, either.

According to a poll from Gravis Marketing and conservative magazine Human Events released over the weekend, former Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican who joined the Democrats in December 2012, is holding a commanding lead over former Florida Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich for next month’s primary to see who will face off against Scott.

After winning three statewide offices as a Republican, Crist left the GOP to run for the U.S. Senate in 2010 with no party affiliation after being caught by tea party favorite Marco Rubio in the primary.

The poll finds Crist takes 68 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, while Rich is far behind with 20 percent. With a month to go, 12 percent remain undecided.

Crist has refused to debate Rich during the primary battle, instead electing to focus his efforts on Scott.

“Unless Charlie Crist makes any serious mistakes between now and the primary, then he essentially has this race locked up,” Gravis insisted in the release.

While the poll shows Crist blowing out Rich, it finds Democrats are undecided in the race to see who challenges Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in November.

The overwhelming majority of likely Democratic primary voters surveyed -- 67 percent -- remain unsure of who they will vote for to challenge Bondi.

Former DCF Secretary George Sheldon, who ran for attorney general in 2002 after serving as then-Attorney General Bob Butterworth’s deputy, takes 18 percent in the poll. Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, gets 15 percent.

“The race is a clear tossup. With a whopping two-thirds of the respondents unsure of who to vote for, the race is clearly up for grabs,” said Doug Kaplan of Gravis.

The primary will be held on Aug. 26. 

The poll also found President Barack Obama remains popular with Florida Democrats, which is a stark contrast to how he performs with other voters in the Sunshine State. Three-quarters of Florida Democrats (75 percent) approve of Obama’s performance in the White House while only 14 percent disapprove of it.

The poll of 792 likely Democratic primary voters was taken July 23-24 and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.



Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com or follow him on Twitter at @KevinDerbySSN. 

Comments (18)

Bill Baker
4:19PM AUG 13TH 2014
It is hard to understand why Democrats in Florida would back ex-Republican Charlie Crist as candidate for Governor. If he wins the primary, we'll be left to choose between two Republican candidates. Oh sure, Charlie claims to be a Dem. now, but remember, he was our last Rep. Governor before Scott. A horse can't change its color, and Charlie can't change his ideologies just because he wanted to ride on the Obama coat tails.
David
12:30AM JUL 31ST 2014
this poll could not be more wrong, like other polls this site has cited in the past. Florida dems do not approve of Obama. However, we will see. Just wait til Aug. 26th and lets see where the voters are.
carmen
4:43PM AUG 16TH 2014
speak for yourself !
David
12:30AM JUL 31ST 2014
this poll could not be more wrong, like other polls this site has cited in the past. Florida dems do not approve of Obama. However, we will see. Just wait til Aug. 26th and lets see where the voters are.
blue
8:54AM JUL 30TH 2014
i guess there is just no way to reach some of the voters in this state, if they approve of Obama. I think they would vote for Jack the Ripper, if he was a Democrat. those "free" government programs do the trick.
Mark
7:42AM JUL 29TH 2014
Charlie Crist lacks as much backbone as Rick Scott. The difference is Scott has more money than Crist could ever dream of. Nan Rich should be the front runner and is truly the only chance for all of Florida to catch a deep, fresh, breath of clean political air!
Gravis Marketing is not a very well known company, about as much as any one of us calling ourselves Joe Kreps Marketing or Daysi's Marketing!
We'd all say the same thing, "WHO?"
Polls are bologna and that's been proved ever since "Dewey beat Truman"! BOLOGNA!
Yea!
12:27PM JUL 29TH 2014
The reason Rick Scott and Charlie Cirst act so feminine is because they are both graduates of the Mel Sembler pedophile organizations. Crist went to Seed and Straight, Inc. and Scott to Straight, inc.

Sembler owns both of these prizes lock, stock and barrel.

The reason Rick Scott has got more money than Crist is because in 1987 when (Miguel Recarey) Jeb Bush's partner in International Medical centers (Jeb set up the Medicare Fraud extra limits with his connections at HHS when his old man was VP) Some low level HHS employee got the feds on their scheme and Recarey fled to Venezuela in 1987. Rick Scott the Dallas, Tx Bush family oil and hospital lawyer and partner with George W. Bush and Tom Hicks in the Texas Rangers come to Miami to pick up the pieces of Jeb's ongoing Medicare schemes and turned it into Columbia/ HCA kthe largest Medicare Fraud in US history. Rick Scott with Jeb's help took $70 million of our tax dollars they stole in their Medicare Fraud schemes and bought the governor's office when Ricky Poo now works for us for
Yea!
12:32PM JUL 29TH 2014
CONTINUED...........

And should have read "where" Ricky Poo now works for us for ONE CENT PER MONTH while his blind investments (many with Jeb and the Bushes)
drill for oil in the everglades where they have given the Fanjuls MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS and while Rick Scott is invested in the gas pipe line they are running into Florida.

And some people wondered why anyone would spend $70 MILLION of their own money to buy the governor's office?

Dad Gum it just hit me like a ton of bricks!

There's something crooked going on in this here gubermint of ours!
Yea!
12:26PM JUL 29TH 2014
The reason Rick Scott and Charlie Cirst act so feminine is because they are both graduates of the Mel Sembler pedophile organizations. Crist went to Seed and Straight, Inc. and Scott to Straight, inc.

Sembler owns both of these prizes lock, stock and barrel.

The reason Rick Scott has got more money than Crist is because in 1987 when (Miguel Recarey) Jeb Bush's partner in International Medical centers (Jeb set up the Medicare Fraud extra limits with his connections at HHS when his old man was VP) Some low level HHS employee got the feds on their scheme and Recarey fled to Venezuela in 1987. Rick Scott the Dallas, Tx Bush family oil and hospital lawyer and partner with George W. Bush and Tom Hicks in the Texas Rangers come to Miami to pick up the pieces of Jeb's ongoing Medicare schemes and turned it into Columbia/ HCA kthe largest Medicare Fraud in US history. Rick Scott with Jeb's help took $70 million of our tax dollars they stole in their Medicare Fraud schemes and bought the governor's office when Ricky Poo now works for us for
Yea!
12:26PM JUL 29TH 2014
The reason Rick Scott and Charlie Cirst act so feminine is because they are both graduates of the Mel Sembler pedophile organizations. Crist went to Seed and Straight, Inc. and Scott to Straight, inc.

Sembler owns both of these prizes lock, stock and barrel.

The reason Rick Scott has got more money than Crist is because in 1987 when (Miguel Recarey) Jeb Bush's partner in International Medical centers (Jeb set up the Medicare Fraud extra limits with his connections at HHS when his old man was VP) Some low level HHS employee got the feds on their scheme and Recarey fled to Venezuela in 1987. Rick Scott the Dallas, Tx Bush family oil and hospital lawyer and partner with George W. Bush and Tom Hicks in the Texas Rangers come to Miami to pick up the pieces of Jeb's ongoing Medicare schemes and turned it into Columbia/ HCA kthe largest Medicare Fraud in US history. Rick Scott with Jeb's help took $70 million of our tax dollars they stole in their Medicare Fraud schemes and bought the governor's office when Ricky Poo now works for us for
Daysi
7:44PM JUL 28TH 2014
Who is "Gravis Marketing?" What record do they have for accurate poll forecasting. OK folks lets not fall for all of these unproven polls.
Blair
6:54AM JUL 30TH 2014
gravismarketing.com.

It will be proven right on 8/26. sorry.
JOE KREPS
7:18PM JUL 28TH 2014
Nan's 20% will all vote. Of Charlie's 60%, maybe 1/3 will show. This race is a toss up.
Blair
12:36AM JUL 30TH 2014
Joe made a funny.
Frank
10:27PM JUL 28TH 2014
Yeah . . . . right . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Arthro
3:42PM JUL 28TH 2014
Bondi is a lock for re-election. Quit dreaming.

Crist is wise to avoid Nan Rich because she would kick his butt all over Florida. Most Democrats don't care who they nominate, as long as they have a D behind their name. Crist is a first class slime ball. A vote for Charlie Crist is a vote for Barack Obama and more incompetence in gov't.
Mark
7:44AM JUL 29TH 2014
Bondi stinks as the State's Attorney General. She's wasted so many tax dollars on frivolous cases and lawsuits. Check out her true worth from when she ran to now, a seated State's Attorney General. Coincidence?
Arthro
9:41AM JUL 30TH 2014
Bondi will not lose. Many think she has done a decent job as AG, and there is no compelling reason for her to be unseated. Democratic hopefuls in that race are sacrificial lambs.

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