Monday, July 28, 2014

Libertarian rises to 9% in tight Florida governor's race

Poll: Libertarian Adrian Wyllie helps Gov. Rick Scott catch Charlie Crist - Political Currents - - Marc Caputo:

July 23, 2014 - "Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are essentially tied 37-39 percent in Florida’s hotly contested governor’s race, partly because a little-known Libertarian candidate is sapping support from the Democratic challenger, a new poll indicates.

"Libertarian Adrian Wyllie pulls 9 percent support, according to Quinnipiac University’s survey, which shows Crist’s 2 percentage-point lead would grow to 5 points without Wyllie on the ballot....

"Little-polled until now, Wyllie’s name appears to be an emerging and significant factor in the race.

"'Wyllie is not, at this point, a serious contender to win the governorship. But he may have a great deal to say about who does win,' Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a written statement.

"With Wyllie on the ticket, Crist loses more support among self-identified independents (9 percentage points) than Scott (4 points). Independents comprise about a quarter of Florida’s vote.

"From supporting medical marijuana to opposing most abortion restrictions, Wyllie’s stand on social issues is closer to Crist’s than Scott’s. Wyllie has been more vocal than Crist about supporting a popular prescription-marijuana measure on the ballot — even though the push for the measure is largely funded by Crist’s employer, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan."

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