Two recent polls show that Andrew Gillum’s lead over Ron DeSantis in the Florida governors race is significantly down from the 9-point lead reported last week in a Quinnipiac University poll. That poll had Gillum leading DeSantis, 54 percent to 45 percent among likely voters.
However, Peter Schorsch, with FloridaPolitics.com, is reporting that a St. Pete Polls survey has Gillum’s lead down to 2 percent, which is within the margin of error.
The St. Pete Polls survey, commissioned by Florida Politics, found Gillum leading DeSantis 47 percent-45 percent with Reform Party nominee Darcy Richardson pulling 2 percent support and the remaining 6 percent of voters undecided.
The poll showed Gillum with a 52-36 percent lead among independent voters.
The results show Gillum leads in Tallahassee, Gainesville, West Palm Beach and Miami. DeSantis is strong in Pensacola, Panama City, Jacksonville and Fort Myers. In Tampa and Orlando the two are statistically tied.
Schorsch, addressing the accuracy of St.Pete Polls, points out that St. Pete Polls had “DeSantis up on Adam Putnam by 23 points, compared to his 20-point victory. And our numbers reflected a last-minute surge from Gillum into second place, compared to the numerous other surveys that suggested anything but.”
The St. Pete Polls is an automated phone poll that was conducted Sept. 29 through Sept. 30 and received responses from 2,313 registered voters who said they planned to vote in the November election.
Also, the newest poll from Public Policy Polling has Gillum ahead by four points in over Ron DeSantis. The survey sampled 779 registered voters Sept. 28-30. Gillum earned 48 percent support while DeSantis came in with 44 percent.
According to RealClearPolitics, Gillum has now led DeSantis in every major poll released since the primary on Aug. 28.