Poll: Levine, undecideds top Democratic governor race

How Democratic candidates for governor rank in a new poll by Democratic firm SEA Polling and Strategic Design.

Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who has spent about $10 million on a TV advertising campaign since November, has opened up a big lead in the race for Florida’s Democratic nomination for governor, a new poll says.

But Levine is in a virtual tie with “undecided” in the new poll by Democratic firm SEA Polling and Strategic Design, suggesting there’s plenty of room for other candidates to improve.

Levine gets 32 percent support among likely Democratic voters with 31 percent undecided. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, who began her TV campaign Wednesday, gets 16 percent and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum 11 percent in the survey.

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, who filed candidate papers last week, gets 4 percent support in the new poll while Winter Park businessman Chris King gets 6 percent.

The poll of 600 voters, conducted Sunday through Thursday, has a 4 percent margin of error. Pollster Tom Eldon said the survey was commissioned by a group of Democrats interested in the race but not tied to any campaign.

“When you have one campaign spending money for a sustained period of time, basically statewide, it doesn’t surprise me” that Levine has taken the lead, Eldon said.

“Undecided is basically tied for first place still,” Eldon said. “There’s a lot of people who haven’t engaged in this race.”