Florida’s gubernatorial race between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Congressman Ron DeSantis is one of the most important races taking place in this midterm election and, with the debate taking place this weekend, an internal poll is showing that Congressman DeSantis is ahead of Mayor Gillum.
Holding a two-point lead, Congressman DeSantis is polling 47% over Mayor Gillum’s 45%. In addition, 7% of those polled said they were unsure.
Susan Wiles, DeSantis for Governor’s campaign chair, released a memo explaining that pollsters surveyed potential voters over a three-day time period leading up to the debate.
In the memo, Wiles further explains that “This survey included over 2,000 live interviews with a projected universe reflecting a historic midterm election turnout among Democratic and women voters.”
She adds that “In short, this assumes a challenging electoral scenario for Republicans, but one we are presently rising above. We currently show Ron with a 47 percent – 45 percent lead. Ron’s lead is larger at +7 percent among voter that have already cast vote by mail ballots.”
A St. Pete Polls survey released this week showed similar information in terms of having Congressman DeSantis ahead, but the lead was wider in said poll. While the survey showed Gillum with a 47-46 lead, it showed DeSantis ahead of Gillum 49-45 among people that had already voted.
To this, Wiles also added that “As you can see, this news is encouraging and continues to show the momentum we are seeing.”
How people react to the candidates after the debate is still to be seen, but there is clear indication that there is a Republican shift after seeing Gillum leading in the weeks prior to the debate.
This is the first debate that both candidates take part in after dedicating time to assist communities in the panhandle after Hurricane Michael devastated northern areas.