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Poll shows Marleine Bastien, Frederica Wilson leading race to replace Kendrick Meek

There's not a whole lot (read: zero) of (public, independent) polling going on in the race to replace Kendrick Meek in the 17th Congressional District, a safe Democratic seat. So when numbers come out -- even if they are affiliated with a candidate -- ears perk up.

On Wednesday, Florida New Majority, a group that has endorsed activist Marleine Bastien in the nine-way Democratic primary, released a poll it commissioned that shows Bastien, with 22 percent, and state Sen. Frederica Wilson, with 21 percent, leading the pack among likely voters.

Entrepreneur Rudy Moise and Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson came in third and fourth place, respectively, with 10 percent and 9 percent. The other five candidates all polled at 3 percent and 2 percent.

The most interesting part: 24 percent remain undecided. (The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 5 percent.)

"It's not surprising that people are undecided going into this," said Stephen Clermont of Third Eye Strategies, which conducted the poll. "It's a low-turnout primary, it's the middle of the summer. It's not top-of-the-mind voter concern. They tune in at the last minute."

Clermont said the firm live called -- as opposed to robo-called -- 400 registered Democrats chosen randomly across the district, which spans from Overtown to Pembroke Pines, between Aug. 4 and 9. The people polled were chosen from a list of registered voters who listed telephone numbers and had voted in past primaries.