Levine’s internal poll shows him leading Democratic primary for governor, 33 percent undecided

Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine at a Palm Beach County Democratic Executive Committee meeting in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Public polls on the Florida Democratic gubernatorial race and internal polls that the campaigns choose to make public seem to agree on two points: Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is ahead — but a large number of Democratic voters haven’t made up their minds as the Aug. 28 primary approaches.

Levine’s campaign released an internal poll today that says Levine leads the Democratic field with 30 percent, followed by former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham at 20 percent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum at 12 percent and Winter Park businessman Chris King at 6 percent with 33 percent undecided. PPP conducted the poll of 583 likely Democratic voters last Monday and Tuesday. It has a 4 percent margin of error.

Gillum’s campaign released an internal poll recently that showed Levine at 20 percent and Gillum and Graham tied at 13 percent in an initial ballot test. That poll showed 52 percent of voters were undecided.

Potential candidate Patrick Murphy commissioned a poll that showed Levine at 20 percent and Graham and Murphy tied for second at 14 percent with 41 percent undecided in an initial ballot test.

A Florida Atlantic University poll this month showed Levine holding a within-the-margin-of-error lead over Graham with 42 percent undecided.

Levine has been advertising on TV since November and no other candidate was on the air until King launched a $1 million TV campaign two weeks ago. Gillum and Graham have not gone on TV yet.

Levine’s poll shows him leading Gillum, the only black candidate in the race, by a 27-to-19 percent margin among African-American voters. The poll shows Levine leading Graham, the only woman in the race, by a 30-to-17 percent margin among female voters.

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