With three weeks until the primary election, a majority of Democrats in Florida haven’t made up their minds who to vote for in September. Recent polls show the two main candidates in a statistical dead-heat.
Tampa Congressman Jim Davis started the campaign with a comfortable lead in both the polls and fundraising. Now State Senator Rod Smith has chipped away at that lead and finds himself even with voters that express a preference. But polls show more than half of all likely Democratic voters haven’t made up their minds yet. Speaking on Gulf Coast Live, Smith said that’s a concern. But a bigger concern would be if they had already decided against him:
“I really believe that if you are the guy that started as far behind as I did. I think from the outset, I started some 20-something points behind. The fact that I’m in the race, that I’m in a good position in the race and that a huge number of people haven’t made up their mind, I think that augers well for this campaign. And so I actually kind of like that dynamic.”
Smith has spent time courting Hispanics in South Florida, touting his plans for homeowners insurance reform and funding for stem cell research. On election day, Republicans will choose between State Attorney General Charlie Crist and Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher.
Florida gubernatorial candidate Rod Smith vowed today (Tuesday) to make changes to the state’s insurance market. The Democratic State Senator is locked in a tight primary race with Tampa Congressman Jim Davis. Polls show the two are neck-and-neck with most voters undecided with three weeks until the election. Smith vowed to stimulate competition in the insurance market to bring cheaper rates for Floridians. Speaking on W-G-C-U’s Gulf Coast Live, he also pledged to toughen oversight of the insurance industry.
“We’re going to have a crisis in home ownership, a crisis in the workplace and a crisis in the economy if we don’t immediately drive down and stabilize and then drive down rates in Florida for property insurance.”
Wednesday, 16 August 2006 01:00
Rod SmithWritten by WGCU Newsroom